• Jun 7, 2010
Polestar Volvo C30 – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Earlier this year, Volvo and Polestar debuted the C30 Polestar Performance Prototype hot hatch, showing what would happen if a Swedish touring car were tuned down for road car use. It's a menacing little devil, what with its turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five boosted to 405 horsepower, Haldex all-wheel drive, massive brakes and raft of other performance add-ons.

The team at Autocar recently had the chance to flog the Polestar C30 around Volvo's proving grounds, saying that the hatch feels like a well-sorted version of Mitsubishi's Lancer Evolution or even a "junior Nissan GT-R." High praise, indeed, and we don't doubt them. Obviously, we won't be seeing a production version of the vicious C30 anytime soon, but this exercise mostly shows what sort of performance machines could come from a partnership between Volvo and Polestar. This would certainly give BMW's M and Audi's S/RS divisions a run for their money, and we'll never complain about having too many hot hatches on the market.

Follow the jump to watch Autocar's test of the Polestar C30, and head back to our earlier post to read all the details about the road-ready touring car.

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Those wheels are rediculousy gorgeous! Seriously, one of the best designs ever. I really like this car!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've always liked Volvo but never had a desire to own one.

      Until now....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, kind of makes you rethink the C30 doesn't it? Makes my mind start turning about what can be done to the normal C30 to get closer to that level of performance.... sounds like it'd do nicely w/upgraded suspension & a slight bump in power. It's definitely got the potential to handle more than what Volvo is offering.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one surprised at how nice it sounds?

      I for one would love a Junior GTR
        • 4 Years Ago
        It sounds like a typical uncorked five cylinder, that isn't surprising to me but it does sound good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've owned an '88 760 turbo wagon, an '89 740 turbo sedan, and a '97 850 turbo... there's nothing like a turbo'd up Volvo... I think it's the whole unexpectancy mentality - you get a passenger in one, they assume it's their mom's slow old Volvo, you get to a redlight, and stomp on the pedal once it turns green - their expressions never grow old.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Autocar is the same bunch that ran a comparo betweeen a ZR-1 and a 911 GT2 and barely managed to break 13 seconds (12.84) in the quarter with the 'Vette. Their driving and reporting stand highly suspect.

      That said, the numbers on this thing are pretty spiffy.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice, I like the color and the style of Volvo's C30, definitely an awesome car, too bad that Volvo won't make it into production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Always loved the sound of a blown 5 cylinder.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One cool Volvo!
      I would love to have one, nice sound :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      the only volvo i REALLY liked was the old school T5R from the mid 90s....and now this badass Polestar C30 one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still think it needs to be T5-R yellow. That said, if I had the money, I'd already be on the waitlist for one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WANT
        • 4 Years Ago
        want,

        but i'll surely not see this car in this land i live in so... fail

        back to evo's and sti's
      • 4 Years Ago
      Volvo should seriously consider this car....Their line up is composed of dull cars with no excitement with price ranges that equal their German rivals......
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