• Sep 30, 2008
Click above to view high-res gallery of the Volvo C30 R-Design

Rumors of a new Volvo hot hatch have gotten hot again with talk of a new 300-horsepower C30 for Europe. According to reports, the new model would be powered by the same 2.5-liter inline-five cylinder turbo engine that powers the new Ford Focus RS. One difference between the two cars, which share a similar platform, is that the Swedish beauty would be offered with a Haldex all-wheel drive system in contrast to the Blue Oval's torque-steer inducing front-engine, front-drive layout. Larger 20-inch wheels ought to fill out the arches quite nicely, and a special body kit should bring the whole look closer to the tarmac. To keep demand high, Volvo may limit the new model to 4,500 units worldwide, though we have no idea where it will offer the hatch besides the U.K. Considering that the Swedish automaker has diluted its R-nameplate, we're also not certain what this performance-minded C30 will be called, but we're sure it'll be the most fun we've had in a Volvo for quite a long time.


[Source: Autocar]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I test drove one of these down here in Florida and if it had a 300hp option I probably would have bought it. Without that option it's just an overpriced compact.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Limited to 4500 units worldwide??
      That means we'll see Ferrari F430s more often than these!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I already see more F430s than i do C30s. I haven't seen a C30 in months.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the c30s styling, a more performance-oriented version would make me a future customer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      and i was just debating getting a new car (granted i've said this a lot and haven't done anything about it, but whatevs!). i'll take one with the overseas delivery please!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. This is very exciting news. A year ago I was debating between a C30 and a Mazdaspeed3. Yes, I know there are more comparable cars by other people's standards. I loved the C30's unique styling, size, and sportiness, but the MS3 is tons more fun to drive and has unique styling as well. I ended up going with the MS3 4 months ago. Of course I'm not sure I would have been willing to wait for a 300-hp C30 to maybe make its way to the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is what the Focus RS should have been, at least someone under the Ford umbrella is getting an AWD EVO and STi fighter...maybe Volvo should enter the WRC.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This would get me into a volvo showroom, pending the curb weight isnt so high that the 300hp goes to waste.

      The c30 is the best looking volvo theyve ever styled and its nice to see they are gonna give it some balls.
      • 6 Years Ago
      FOr the few I've seen they are one of the best looking cars on the road unfortunately the price is too high. Bring it here, keep the price down and the fun factor high and I may have my next car. A convertible of this car would also be fun and get some more attention.
      Jon Russell
      • 6 Years Ago
      F$@K YEAH
      • 6 Years Ago
      4500? Isn't that more C30s than have been sold in the US total?

      Anyway, this is the only Volvo I've ever really liked and looks much better in person. Unfortunately it's too expensive for what it is and I'd imagine this 300hp one will be really expensive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does everyone keep calling this a Ford Focus RS engine? That's a Volvo modular engine that dates back way before Ford purchased Volvo in 1998. Ford is using a Volvo engine in the Focus, Volvo is NOT using a Ford engine in the C30.
        • 6 Years Ago
        For the same reason people say that the upcoming Mazda3 will be based on future Ford Focus platform instead of saying that future Focus will be based on the upcoming Mazda3 platform. It would be more logical - fact and language wise. It's like with i4 Ford Duratecs which are rebadged Mazda's MZR engines.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring it to the USA, ill trade my EVO X GSR for one.
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