Volvo 850 T-5R Pickup Spotted in Belgium

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The Volvo 850 T-5R was only available in limited numbers as a sedan and a wagon, but one dealership has gotten its hands on a pickup ute.

Though the new Polestar models are out to change perception, there aren't a lot of Volvos from the company's recent past that could really drum up any excitement whatsoever. But the 850 T-5R sought to change that. With a 2.3-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine producing 247 horsepower, the T-5R could run to 60 in as little as 5.8 seconds. Which may not seem that fast by today's standards, but in the mid-90s that made the hot-rod Volvo one of the fastest family haulers out there.

Only 5,500 examples were made, of which just 185 were delivered to the United States. (You can imagine this writer's teenage surprise to see a truck-load of them on the highway.) The T-5R was available as a sedan or a wagon in black, banana yellow or (rarest of all) olive green, but this example is rarer still. Spotted by at a Belgian dealership, this 850 was turned into a pickup ute. As you can see, it's also been painted red, and has a Christmas tree loaded onto its bed. Whether this is an actual T-5R or an ordinary 850 chopped up and fitted with the sportier model's body-kit and wheels we don't know, but it sure gets our holiday spirits up.

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