Volvo 960 2.5/1996 Increasing power

Discussion in 'Volvo 960' started by wim meerschaut, Oct 19, 2003.

  1. Hello,

    is it possible to increase the power of this engine by changing chip or
    The engine has 125 Kw / 170 Hp and I used to drive a 960 2.9 / 204 Hp. This
    engine was much more comfortable then my new car
    There were some formal postings where I could read that it's possible to
    increase power by changing chip in the computer? Is it possible for this
    engine as well or not?


    wim meerschaut

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    wim meerschaut, Oct 19, 2003
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    James Sweet Guest

    As far as I know the difference was the camshaft, though there's other
    options to get more power, there's really nothing you can do without
    cracking open the engine and changing parts. You could turbocharge it if you
    want a LOT more power, but that's quite an involved project and will take
    some research and $, but it's been done.
    James Sweet, Oct 19, 2003
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  3. the 960 is a nice platform (from what i have gathered) to biuld
    on...i would mod the folowing:

    - exhaust system
    - mod chip
    - cold air intake
    - perf cam
    - maybe injectors
    - the usual suspension and brake work..

    what have you done so far? what is the
    0 - 60mph time?
    ~^ beancounter ~^, Oct 19, 2003
  4. I didn't do anything until now. I just drive the car for 1 month, and I
    drove the other 960 (2.9) for 6 years. The difference is too much.
    This car is much more comfortable concerning the suspension and noise. But
    the engine is too slow. It's a pity.
    I was just wondering if it was possible to increase the power, with a
    minimum on costs, like changing the computerchip.
    I don't want to change camshaft or built in a turbo, I don't think it's that
    important, it's just a matter of comfort and safety!
    What if I only change the computerchip? Would I notice the difference?


    wim meerschaut

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    wim meerschaut, Oct 20, 2003
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    Beast Guest

    Power needs money and fuel. Give it up if you don't want to spend much. I
    always tell the youger people not to drive fast but accelerate gently is the
    golden rule of saftey and comfort.

    Keith Beast
    E14 4NS Docklands
    Beast, Oct 23, 2003
  6. you are right. I am a very smooth driver though. That's why I bought a 2.5
    in stead of a 2.9 which one I had before.
    I never thought this would be this much difference.
    I won't spend much money offcourse. I only thought if it was possible to
    increase the power by changing the chip, this could be nice.
    I don't want to spend much work or money on it. No way!
    thanks for your answer

    wim meerschaut

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    wim meerschaut, Oct 23, 2003
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    Alex Zepeda Guest

    The difference was that he lost nearly half a liter of displacement with
    the smaller engine (that was, incidentally, not available in the US).

    I think the best option would be to look for a newer-style 960/90 with the
    bigger engine.

    - alex

    '85 244 Turbo
    Alex Zepeda, Oct 31, 2003
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