V8 Volante (Weber e.f.i.)

V8 Volante (Weber e.f.i.) Description

In production: 1986 – 1989

Chassis numbers: 15440 – 15849 (not 15442 or 15448)

- V8 Vantage Volante chassis numbers are also within the V8 Volante series

In line with the AM V8 saloon, the Volante also received the V585 engine, yet the example on the AML stand at the 1985 New York Auto Show where the new engine was announced was actually a 1984MY Volante still with Weber carburettors. The efi Volante was easy to identify as it too received the flatter bonnet.

In three and a half years of production, 215 efi V8 Volantes were built; 44 right hand drive, nine of which were manual, leaving 171 left hand drive, 34 with manual transmission. The key North American market took 86 of the 215 cars, 113 were built with the Federal catalysed engine for the US, Canada, Japan and Switzerland (from 1988).

Key updates during production

There were only two significant updates for the V8 Volante efi. From May 1987, the flexible plastic rear window was replaced by heated glass, prompted by a change in French regulations. Also in line with the AM V8, the V585 engine acquired a second belt driven air pump. With the Federal catalysed engine, peak power dropped to around 200 bhp.

V8 Volante (Weber e.f.i.) Derivatives

PoW Styling

A single right hand drive, UK spec, automatic Volante number 15837, was specially ordered with ‘Prince of Wales’ styling with Ronal wheels, flared wheel arches yet retaining the efi engine.

V8 Volante (Weber e.f.i.) Specification

Body / Coachwork
Two-door 2+2 convertible
Steel platform chassis with handcrafted aluminium alloy body panels
Dual 7'' quartz-halogen headlamps, optional Cibie 7'' driving lights
Power-operated, fully lined Everflex hood, optional mohair. Later examples with heated glass rear screen
Full Connolly leather interior with fabric roof lining
Air-conditioning system
Adjustable seats with tilting squabs to allow access to the rear seats
Walnut facia and cappings
Wool pile carpets
Blaupunkt Toronto SQR46 or 48 stereo radio cassette, 4 speakers and electric aerial
Front-mounted all-alloy 90° V8, 5,340 cc, two valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts per bank. Engine number prefix V585/
Bore 100 mm. Stroke 85 mm. Compression ratio 9.3:1 (8.0:1 Emission Control LFM & LFA)
Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection
Maximum power: not quoted but about 315 bhp @ 5,000 rpm (200 +/- bhp on Emission Control LFA & LFM engine)
Maximum torque: not quoted but about 345 lb.ft @ 3,500 rpm
Air injection system: AC Delco air pump, two from 1988
Four catalytic convertors on Emission Control LFM & LFA
Automatic: Chrysler TorqueFlite three-speed automatic with optional five-speed ZF manual gearbox
Final drive: Salisbury hypoid bevel with Powr-Lok limited slip differential
Final drive ratio: 3.54:1 (manual & North America specification), 3.058:1 (automatic)
Power-assisted Adwest rack and pinion 2.9 turns lock to lock. Turning circle 11.58 metres
Wheels and Tyres
Bolt-on, five-stud, BBS cast aluminium alloy 7J x 15
Avon Turbosteel 235/70VR15 (automatic), Avon Textile 225/70VR15 (manual)
Length: 4,670 mm, 4,700 mm with overriders, 4,780 mm with 5 mph impact bumpers
Width: 1,829 mm
Height: 1,370 mm
Kerb weight: 1,818 kg
Wheelbase: 2,610 mm
Front track: 1,499 mm
Rear track: 1,499 mm
Fuel tank capacity: 97.5 litres
Price (including UK purchase tax/VAT and car tax where applicable)
January 1986: £68,500, (USA, $135,000)
October 1986: £73,000
March 1987: £80,000
October 1987: £85,000, (USA, $153,000)
March 1988: £89,500, (USA, $168,000)
September 1988: £98,000, (USA, $168,000)
February 1989: £110,000, (USA, $183,000)
August 1989: £120,000, (USA, $183,000)

V8 Volante (Weber e.f.i.) Number Guide

All efi Volantes were given the 17 digit VIN number with ‘C’ in position 8. All engines had the V585 prefix; the ‘S’ suffix was included on a few early cars but this was dropped from 1987 onwards. Federal engines all received the LFA or LFM suffix.

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