• Jul 19, 2008


Click above for a high resolution image of the C30 D-Design package

Volvo gave its C30 hatchback a pretty aggressive look when it introduced the R-Design package, but unfortunately none of that sportiness made its way beneath the hood. Adding some show to the go, Volvo has reportedly created a C30 prototype fitted with a turbocharged inline-5 pumping out 350 horsepower using the Ford Focus RS engine block as a base. Best of all, it would be able fully put down all that power combined with Volvo's AWD system, unlike the FWD system on the Focus RS. Unfortunately, Volvo has no current plans to bring the car to production, and with high gas prices and upcoming fuel consumption regulations, it would be tough to convince them otherwise.

[Source: MotorAuthority.com]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Duh. The current C30 goes *plenty* fast for the market Volvo plays in.

      Volvo wants a customer that's 30s-40s, upper middle class, with style, an open-ish budget who would probably dig all that hp but with things the way they are now, us shopping for ways to have the high-end accoutrements paired with the high MILEAGE.

      Poor Volvo.. they just don't get it right now.
      Power is 'out'.
      Square edges are 'in'
      Safety is now ubiquitous. Mileage and practicality are 'in'.

      Volvo needs a gimmick re-make.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok, so keep the AWD, and drop the power to a more gas friendly 250ish hp. That should let it get 26ish mpg on the HWY, and still have AWD to properly plant the power, and allow better driven in inclement weather.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The S60R has 300 HP and easily gets 30mpg if driven conservatively. There is no reason they can't do better in both in the C30
        • 6 Years Ago
        great - now how about a high gas mileage version for those of us who want rational with our jollies. meet the mini milage figures or at least come close to it and they well sell just as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A properly done 'R' (not just a few superficial exterior/interior changes) could distinguish this little car and boost Volvo's image. Make it a limited edition (like the VW R32s in the US) and it should sell. There are enough enthusiasts in the market for something like this.

      For those who want to mandate limits on engine size/power there are many totalitarian countries you can move to. In a free market society consumer needs/wants/desires set the trend towards a variety of choices. I personally wouldn't want it any other way.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the kept the price comparable to the VW R32, just over $30,000, I'd have a hard time not buying this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This would bring me back to Volvo. This would be a great competitor to the Alfa MiTo GTA.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Duh. The current C30 goes *plenty* fast for the market Volvo plays in.

      Volvo wants a customer that's 30s-40s, upper middle class, with style, an open-ish budget who would probably dig all that hp but with things the way they are now, is shopping for ways to have the high-end accoutrements paired with the high MILEAGE.

      Poor Volvo.. they just don't get it right now.
      Power is 'out'.
      Square edges are 'in'
      Safety is now ubiquitous. Mileage and practicality are 'in'.

      Volvo needs a gimmick re-make.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Double duh. Sorry for double posting. Just woke up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I will agree that Volvo did do an excellent job with interior...I myself own a Volvo S60 and it is very comfortable. A few years back I went to my local Volvo dealership and fell in love with the S60R...and I did leave drooling. The Sonic Blue S60R with basket ball colored leather interior is mouth watering. And 300 horsies is just enough for me. I just dont understand why Volvos arent appreciated as much as they should be. I mean come on...where are you going to find a car that looks that great. I think that Volvo should allow customers to have the choice of picking the basketball leather as an option...as well as the Sonic Blue paint.
      • 6 Years Ago
      just to be clear, the Focus RS is using a VOLVO engine, not the other way around.

      As for the comments regarding the back end of the car, people either love it or hate it. Full disclosure - I sell 'em. When we park a C30 in the window by the street, people just stop, stare and, in surprisingly large numbers come in to look and drool. What's missing is a fuel sipper engine (they have 'em, they just don't import 'em) and AWD. That said, a true C30/S40 R (not just the gimmicky "R-Design" would be a terrific addition to the line up, provided it was joined by a true economy trim.
      • 6 Years Ago
      PENDULUMS SWING...........

      I am already sick of reading "No one wants to make performance models due to the gas crunch"

      --- this is EXACTLY the time to ready performance models with fairly reasonable gas consumption. Folks like horsepower, but it is temporarily uncool --- that will pass quickly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      same old same old with Volvo .Nothing new here. Maybe they can turn the C30 into another van type vehicle. That seems to be their only area of interest.
      • 6 Years Ago
      good, I love hot hatches.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Volvo's historic image is as a maker of staid,safe and homely cars not performance cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ......"Volvo's historic image is as a maker of staid,safe and homely cars not performance cars."
        WELL, FARTHER BACK IN HISTORY, THAT IS UNTRUE.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't forget ugly and soulless.
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