The 2017 Volvo V90 is a premium family wagon with an equally premium price tag. You are a broke wagon lover, but also a patriot. The solution is obvious.

We still don’t know exactly how much the S90/V90 pair will cost in America, but I was told it will be more expensive than the outgoing S80 ($43,450). Volvo also says that no matter how many options you tick, the S90/V90 can’t get more expensive than the top-of-the-line XC90 T8 hybrid SUV. Our guess? They should start somewhere between an Audi A6 ($46,200) and a BMW 5 Series ($50,200).

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You will get quite a lot for you money, including semi-autonomous features as standard, since the S90 will be able to accelerate, brake and steer at speeds up to 80 mph without needing a car to follow in front. Neat.

But what if you don’t have $50K, or perhaps don’t fancy an front/all-wheel drive car? Jalopnik reader and filmmaker Darwin Brandis went LS1 to get his perfect Volvo V90.

The donor car was a dealer loaner with 200K+ on the clock, while the engine came from a beefed up GTO, loaded with aftermarket hardware. The guys at National Speed merged the two so that Darwin could end up with 500 HP street car that has power steering, A/C, cruise control and an exhaust cutout for the ultimate sleeper wagon experience. Total price: way cheaper than a new Volvo.

Twenty-three MPG on the highway, if you’re easy on the noise. Not bad!

Also, Finland says hi!


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