We like the 850 and with a few of our 850 tuning tips we are sure you will have a fantastic car. Better than what Volvo ever intended!
Available in standard form with power of upto 250bhp (depending on the year), so this goes to show the tuning potential of the 850. From this you can increase the power from anywhere between 275bhp to 425bhp which seems almost too good to be true but is possible if you have deep pockets.
To go over the 100bhp per 1000cc limit you would need to be running a pretty serious forced induction setup. If you head for a maximum power figure you need to expect a lot of unreliability. See this link for more details on Engine Tuning
The more powerful 850 Saloons provide a suitable donor engine for the lower powered models in the range. Volvo certainly know what they are doing when it comes to making a fun car and the more powerful 850s provide and excellent tuning base to work from. Car Tuning Guide have been impressed with the addition of stainless steel exhaust systems on the 850s , if you want to improve your top end go with an air induction filter. You should also get a better fuel pressure regulator such as those supplied by FSE
The modification that gives the biggest power gain on your car would be a fast road cam. Internal engine modifications that should be high up on your list would be polishing and porting the head.
The 850s come in various power levels right up to 250bhp as per the 850 Saloon If you apply a few tuning mods to this model of 850 you will see power gains from anywhere between 275bhp to 425bhp. But this sort of power requires some pretty heavy investment and a hell of a lot of engine work. .
The forced induction 850s are around with some impressive Turbo and supercharger conversions being done. These give impressive power gains over standard but require a lot of effort to get working properly. If you have a turbo or supercharger get the intercooler uprated for even more power. The most powerful 850 has a healthy 250 bhp. In a competition setting you may well, with some forced induction, reboring and other major work see power figures between 325 bhp to 475bhp with mods we have outlined above.) High on your list of mods for your 850 should be handling improvements. To avoid other problems you should lower the car no more than 36mm.
We will have more detailed 850 modification guides in the near future. Please check the site regularly for updates.
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