It's been over three years since the Volvo C30 Polestar Concept was unveiled, driven by journalists and, as it turns out, lapped around the Nürburgring with Scandinavian Touring Car Championship driver Robert Dahlgren behind the wheel. For whatever reason, the video of the 'Ring track session was only published by the tuning company yesterday. (Another discrepancy: Did Polestar's C30 lose 46 horsepower somewhere along the line? Because the video states that it has 405 hp, while the company's website quotes 451 hp...)

Whatever the case, the tuned Volvo is a beast, much more so than the similar-looking, 250-hp 2013 Volvo C30 Polestar Limited Edition that was sold last year. With 451 hp (sounds better than 405 hp, doesn't it?), all-wheel drive, limited-slip differentials front and rear and Öhlins dampers, the Polestar Concept checks all of the right boxes for us.

For some reason, the video, which you can watch below, seems a bit vanilla to us. Perhaps the overly dramatic music takes away from the action and the beautiful sounds of the turbocharged five-cylinder engine?


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      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every time I hear 'Polestar' I think 'stripper'. Anyone know the history behind that name?
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shiftright
        Polaris. The north star is always centered above the north axis of the Earth. In that color, it may also attract strippers so either definition works.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      With turbo cars, finding the missing HP is usually easy. It's really a matter of keeping it all in one piece at that level.
      Anubis
      • 1 Year Ago
      I will never understand why music is put into these videos.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Anubis
        Years ago Colin Powell was on MTV and they put uhn-tah uhn-tah uhn-tah music in the background because, come on, the retired chair of the Joint Chiefs was on MTV. You have to make the interview happenin' for the kids. They spent the morning on the Howard Stern show goofing on the interview so anytime someone was talking and start to get boring, Howard would fade in the uhn-tah uhn-tah beats behind them....
      David
      • 1 Year Ago
      When Volvo was under the Ford umbrella I could kinda see them as premium Ford product with a large R&D dept backing them in exchange for some of their advanced safety work. Now they are owned by Geely the long term prospects are murky and the premium prices are harder to swallow. I mean this is cool, but the cars could be worth nothin (see Saab) in a few years.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, normally only Evo's and STI's get limited slip differentials both front and rear..... Still isn't up to par with active differentials but they are getting closer. Since AWD isn't created equal let me help out a bit when evaluating a system. AWD Setup ranked best to worst..... (AWD isn't just AWD, learn how to see the marketing) 1. Full-time AWD with active front, center, rear differential. (Only found on WRC cars, no production car has 3 active diffs) 2. Full-time AWD with LSD front, active center and active rear. (Only found on Evo X, and non-USA Evo IX) 3. Full-time AWD with LSD front, active center, and LSD rear. (STI, last gen Evo 8.5) 4. Full-time AWD with LSD front, LSD center, active rear (Evo 7 and 8 non-usa) 5. Full-time AWD with LSD front, LSD center, LSD rear (Old non-DCCD STI, Old Evo) 6. Full-time AWD with open front, open center, LSD rear (old WRX, most cheapo awd cars) 7. Full-time AWD with open front, open center, open rear (BMW X-drive, Benz 4-matic, SH-AWD) 8. Part-time AWD with limited slip diffs. (This polestar with Haldex part-time, yet limited slips) 9. Part-time AWD with open diffs. (Haldex based cars from VW, Volvo, Ford, etc)
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fellas, this is the day we've been waiting for: the Volvo C30 running laps at Nordschleife. I'm gonna go home now and screw my wife. Hasta.
      Doug
      • 1 Year Ago
      Music ALWAYS destroys car videos.