B5254T7 – Volvo C30 Polestar Performance Concept Prototype
Welcome, everyone, to the world of the Volvo Modular Engine. Developed as part of ‘Project Galaxy’ (another insanely cool codename), it was a family of four-, five- and six-cylinder engines that first came to be in 1990. The five-cylinder was known as the B5254F and arrived in the Volvo 850 in June 1991, B standing for ‘Bensin’, or petrol, 5 for the number of cylinders, 25 for the number of decilitres, 4 for the number of valves per cylinder and F for fuel injection with a catalytic converter. Simple, right? The ultimate Volvo five has to be the 2.5-litre turbocharged unit in the C30 Polestar Performance Concept Prototype. Unveiled in 2010, the raucous concept used the B5254T7 engine used in the C30 T5 but with a KKK 26 turbo and modified pistons, conrods and inlet camshaft. The result was 405PS (298kW) and 510Nm (376lb ft) of torque, which, when combined with Quaife differentials, all-wheel-drive, Öhlins dampers and springs, a different steering ratio, and better brakes, tyres and wheels made it an absolute fruit loop. Only one was ever made.