Volvo is adding a bit of exclusivity to its C30 hatchback for the 2013 model year by offering a special Polestar Limited Edition model in the United States. And we do mean limited – only 250 of the Rebel Blue hatches will be offered, boasting upgraded performance (sort of) and a whole host of standard kit.

We say "sort of" because, well, the Polestar power kit for this special C30 isn't any different than what you can spec on the standard car. Still, it offers an additional 23 horsepower and 27 pound-feet of torque, bringing the turbocharged inline-five's output numbers up to 250 and 273, respectively, paired to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Aside from its new blue hue (that we really like, by the way), the Polestar Limited Edition is set apart from other C30 models with the addition of unique 17-inch Styx matte black alloy wheels, as well as a color-coordinated R-Design body kit. Inside, standard equipment matches that of the C30 Premium Plus model, meaning all of the Limited Edition cars are fitted with a sunroof, power seats, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, LED daytime running lights and Xenon headlamps. Of course, if you're feeling spendy, you can option up for the Platinum model, which adds navigation and a premium sound system to the mix.

All of this limited-run goodness comes at a price, though – the front-wheel-drive Polestar Edition retails for $32,445, including $895 for destination. Ticking the Platinum option will no doubt increase that cost by a few grand, and while it'll certainly be a hoot to drive, it's far more expensive than loaded competitors like the Mazdaspeed3 and runs into all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Golf R territory.

We've asked Volvo to pass along more images aside from the one poorly cropped, low-res shot you see here, and we'll be sure to update you if more photos surface. In the meantime, scroll down to read all of the details in the official press blast.
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Volvo Introduces 2013 C30 Polestar Limited Edition

- Specially equipped model targets enthusiasts

- Production limited to 250 vehicles exclusively for U.S. market

- Standard Polestar performance software increases horsepower, torque


ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Sept. 11, 2012) - While the Volvo C30 has often been called the sportiest-looking Volvo, a new, limited-production version may also be called an "enthusiast magnet" when it makes its way to showrooms in November.

The 2013 Volvo C30 Polestar Limited Edition will definitely be limited in volume - only 250 will be made, beginning in October. But it won't be limited when it comes to youthful exuberance and is packaged in a remarkably attractive and affordable container. The base MSRP is $32,445, which includes an $895 destination charge.

The excitement begins under the hood where the C30's standard 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder engine receives a healthy performance upgrade. Polestar, Volvo's official performance partner, provides performance software that boosts output by 23 horsepower and 37 lb.-ft. of torque to 250 hp and 273 lb.-ft. This power boost is realized by increasing airflow into the combustion chambers and advancing spark timing.

Polestar's upgrade offers the best of both worlds: Optimized power and torque without affecting fuel consumption. This is possible thanks to efficient tuning of the engine which only increases the power output when it's needed. Thus EPA fuel economy estimates are identical to the standard C30 T5 R-Design with 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway for the six-speed manual transmission and 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway with the optional five-speed Geartronic automatic.

The visual magnetism of the C30 Polestar Limited Edition is enhanced with new 17-inch Styx alloy wheels with matte black finish and Polestar badges on the rear and sides of the vehicle. To signify that this C30 is special, all 250 iterations will wear the new-for-2013 exterior hue of Rebel Blue and have a special interior numbered plate.

Inside, the C30 Polestar Limited Edition's sporty cabin is dressed with premium leather seating surfaces in a choice of Off-Black or two-tone Off-Black and Calcite. Standard features, equivalent to the Premier Plus trim level of the C30 T5 R-Design, include a power glass sunroof, power driver's seat with memory, soft loadcover, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, power passenger's seat, LED daytime running lights, Keyless Drive and active dual Xenon headlights.

Customers can further upgrade this model by selecting the optional Platinum trim level. This includes the superb Volvo Premium Sound System with Dolby® Pro Logic® II Surround Sound, 10 loudspeakers and an astonishing 650 watts. Also included is a navigation system with real time traffic, remote control and map care plus Sirius/XM satellite radio.

The C30 Polestar Limited Edition features standard R-Design cues including a color-coordinated body kit, front grille R-Design logo, R-Design watch dial instrument cluster, unique aluminum inlays, R-Design sport steering wheel and sport pedals.

For 2013, this version - like all C30s - gains standard rain sensor windshield wipers and headlight washers. A Climate Package can be added to the C30 Polestar Limited Edition with heated front seats, Electronic Climate Control (ECC) and Interior Air Quality System (IAQS).

A Sport Chassis, standard on the C30 T5 R-Design and C30 Polestar Limited Edition, provides improved chassis dynamics and steering reflexes. Compared to the C30 T5, spring stiffness for the R-Design is increased by 30 percent while the dampers feature a mono-tube design that builds up pressure quicker for 20 percent increased low-speed damping. Steering is more precise with stiffer bushings and a 10-percent-quicker steering ratio.

Like all C30s, the C30 Polestar Limited Edition is well-equipped with standard safety features including Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC), Volvo's Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) and Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS).


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      bleexeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Means nothing if Volvo doesn't even bother to bring over the new V40.
      Jfmcgowan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice color. Volvo by Petty.
      chromal
      • 2 Years Ago
      I miss SAAB. :(
      Reality33
      • 2 Years Ago
      -sigh- What happened to Volvo. Only a few years ago we could buy a 300 HP AWD V70 with a six speed manual and it was just a blast to drive. Had space for the dogs in the back, or a full IKEA run. If you had no need for the estate, you could get the same package in the S60 and it was just an amazing car. Now we get a "R-Spec" which is basically "all show no go" type thinking, and they pull all the estates from our shores except for the XC70 which, living in an urban area, where it never snows, I do not need. All manuals were pulled except for on the C30, and we also lost the S40. Now they tease us with this. when I saw the headline I thought "Yes! The R is back!" but to be let down by a mild upgrade and a lookie package. At the same price as a Golf R, and above the price for other vehicles in this same HP range, and I just do not see what Volvo is thinking. I love Volvos, I really do, but would never buy one here in the US where you get such a small choice of models, engines and transmissions. Not to mention all at high "luxury" prices when I do not consider Volvo a luxury car but more of a everyday car thats extremely safe and a nice step up in quality from the lower level auto makers out there. What a shame.
      Shomare
      • 2 Years Ago
      Less power and more money than a Focus ST
      ststranger
      • 2 Years Ago
      As someone who used to sell these things along with VW's and Audi's, The interior on the C30 alone made it nowhere near worth its MSRP, and we were one of the few big dealers who could afford to sell them at-MSRP, even taking out the shipping cost. Volvo interior's (if only the seats) are among my fav and the head space was nice, it certainly let in more light than the WV Golf's...but when you looked in front of you THERE WAS NOTHING BUT A GIANT LIFELESS VOID OF BLACKNESS! IN PLASTIC! All I remember is two air vents and that's it! I don't even remember what the console looked like! Every sales consultant that stepped inside just got this look like someone sh*t in their cereal and felt the suffocating desperation of the designers against the accountants. Hands down hardest car to sell on the lot, harder than an FWD A3(stupid already) in our hilly, snowy, poorly plowed terrain. Almost impossible solely because of the interior vs. price point.
      Bjorn
      • 2 Years Ago
      DO NOT WANT!!!
      NissanGTR
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the ricer/poser edition. No AWD or 300hp + like the prototype.
        POV
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NissanGTR
        AWD and 300-400hp would probably be another 20 grand. Still, I bet they would have little problem selling 250 of them.
      steve_macdonald
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought a 2011 C30 because I got it for a ridiculously low price ($12K below new, 9,000 km on it). It's a pretty nice, well-rounded little car but WAY over-priced unless you get a deal like I did. Softer edges than a GTI, but that also means it's a kinder, gentler commuter vehicle. When I saw "Polestar" I thought they were talking about the 400hp AWD prototype. If Volvo could make that thing and sell it for about $40K I'd be right there with my checkbook.
      kevsflanagan
      • 2 Years Ago
      So they are taking the Polestar tune they already offer for sale via the dealerships and a smurf blue paint job with a R-design kit... um... joy? While the added boost in Hp/Tq is nice you'd think for this they'd up it a tad bit more to make is separate enough from the other C30's. Yes the blue paint is different but at the end of the day with someone else with a C30 in say black with the Polestar tune what can you say to trump his obvious cheaper version? "Um I have rims and um.. paint?" To me doesnt justify the cost increase.
        ufgrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kevsflanagan
        You'd think they'd at least throw on some high performance coil-overs and lower the suspension. Just proves that Volvo doesn't really know what to do with the C30-- they've never been willing to define it as a "hot hatch" and make the appropriate changes to the suspension / steering. Don't get me wrong-- Mine is insanely comfortable, and it makes long-distance driving more enjoyable than the Speed3 or the Golf GTi, but there's room for improvement on the C30's handling without compromising the comfort.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice, but I rather have a AWD option. For that money I can just buy a normal one and have the motor flashed to 300hp.
        ufgrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
        Not sure I'd want "just" a tune that goes to 300. Polestar ($1295) gives about 23 HP, Elevate tune gives about 39 HP, to get to 300 you're talking new intake/exhaust/intercooler, and that's probably more than the Polestar not-so-Special Edition runs. Personally, I'd say get a regular C30, tune the engine to around 260, and drop a grand or two into the suspension (switch to coil-overs, heavier rear anti-sway bar, lower springs). Oh wait-- that's the to-do list for my C30.
      sigma pi
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOL Sweet press release picture. Did you guys cell phone snap this? How does this person have a job?
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