Volvo 850 R Wagon
Is there anything more boring in the automotive world than a boxy, old Volvo station wagon? Probably not. The typical suburban mom car from the ‘90s had loads of space for the kids and their stuff. However, it was slow but dependable and dead boring to drive.
You can say all that for a regular Volvo 850 Wagon, but the R version they introduced in 1996 is something completely different. After the success of the T5 version of the 850 series featuring a turbocharged engine, Volvo decided to go a step further. So, they introduced an all-out sleeper machine in the form of the 850 R.
Under the hood, the 2.3-liter five-cylinder engine featured a bigger turbo and a different intake system. And thanks to its updated electronics, it pumped out a respectable 250 HP. Despite retaining its front wheel drive, the Volvo 850 R Wagon still had good acceleration times of 6.5 seconds to 60 mph. Also, it could hit a top speed of almost 160 mph.
For the mid-90s this was a sports car territory. So, you can bet there were lots of confused Porsche owners when those boring Volvo wagons passed them on the highway.