V8 Volante (Weber efi)
V8 Volante (Weber efi)

V8 Volante (Weber efi)

(1986 - 1989)

The Weber e.f.i. V8 Volante was introduced at the New York Show in January 1986 alongside the similarly updated V8 saloon. The major advance was the fitting of electronically controlled Weber fuel injection giving a power output of around 305 to 315 bhp, although this was never quoted at the time. As there were no carburettors within the 'V' of the engine and correspondingly no air box, the overall height of the engine was reduced and this is evident with the adoption of a flat bonnet.

V8 Volante (Weber efi)

All of the Weber e.f.i. cars had the attractive BBS cross spoke wheels, which have a resemblance to wire wheels although some later examples have the Ronals from the X-pack V8 Vantage. Before the final withdrawal of the V8 in late 1989, 216 examples of the e.f.i. V8 Volante had been produced.

On the previous page, I have mentioned the US 5 mph impact bumpers. With these close ups of perhaps the only rubber bumpered car in the UK, you can perhaps see why it’s not such a straightforward job to change them to the European market chrome type.

  • Body/Coachwork:
    • 2 door 2+2 convertible
    • Steel platform chassis with handcrafted aluminium alloy body panels
    • Dual 7” quartz-halogen headlamps, optional Cibre 7” driving lights
    • Power-operated, fully lined Everflex hood, optional mohair. Later examples with heated glass rear screen
  • Interior:
    • 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
  • Engine:
    • 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
  • Transmission:
    • Automatic :Chrysler Torqueflite 3 speed automatic with optional 5 speed ZF manual gearbox
    • Final drive: Salisbury hypoid bevel with Powr-Lok limited slip differential. Final drive ratio: 3.54 : 1 (manual & N America), 3.058 : 1 (auto)
  • Steering:
    • Power assisted Adwest rack and pinion 2.9 turns lock to lock
    • Turning circle 11.58 metres
  • Wheels and tyres:
    • Bolt-on, 5 stud, BBS cast aluminimun alloy 7J x 15
    • Avon Turbosteel 235/70VR15 (automatic), Avon Textile 225/70VR15 (manual)
  • Suspension:
    • Front: Unequal transverse wishbones, coil springs and co-axial Armstrong telescopic shock absorbers with an anti-roll bar
    • Rear: Rear suspension was by coil spring with the De Dion tube located by parallel trailing links and a Watts linkage and sprung by co-axial spring shock absorber units
  • Brakes:
    • Front: Ventilated steel discs, 267 mm (10.51″) diameter
    • Rear: Ventilated steel discs, 264 mm (10.39″) diameter mounted inboard
    • Tandem master cylinders and dual vacuum servo assistance
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 4,670 mm, 4,700 mm with overriders, 4,780 mm with 5 mph impact bumpers
    • Wiidth: 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
  • Performance:
    • AML only quoted figures with the previous V540 engine
    • Acceleration: 0-60 mph 6.6 seconds 0 – 100 mph: 16 seconds
    • Maximum speed: 135 mph (manual)
  • Price at launch:
    • 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)