Despite the impressive production debuts from Porsche and BMW at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show - the 918 Spyder and the i8, respectively - there was one car that captured the attention of the press and the public alike, enough so that we awarded it our overall top pick of the show: the Volvo Concept Coupe. Most concepts never make it to production, but the car's reception has been so positive that Volvo's board of directors is considering to produce it in limited quantities, Auto Bild reports. Italian coachbuilder Bertone could handle the limited production run.

Styled after the classic P1800, the Volvo concept was similar to the new Porsche and BMW in that it was equipped with a high-performance hybrid drivetrain. But Volvo took a different route from there, giving the sleek coupe a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor at the rear axle. All in, the combo is good for 400 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque.

If the Concept Coupe makes it to production, it may not get the trick hybrid drivetrain mentioned above, Motor Athority reports, but a milder plug-in hybrid setup or even just a conventional fuel-burning engine. In any case, it would be a treat if Volvo produced a fully functional, street-legal Concept Coupe, though at that point we're thinking it would be due for a name change.


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      Get Squirly
      • 1 Year Ago
      I sure hope they do! Magnificent design! Gorgeous!
      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      build it, watch it sell well because it is gorgeous [especially for a Volvo], and then model the rest of the lineup on it Volvo, welcome back
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Volvo wants to be considered a real luxury brand, they should volume produce this car and aim it squarely at the Audi A5 and BMW 4 series.
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      why ?!?!? limited edition ????? volvo is readying a new S80.......make this a C90 or something it would be a good competitor to the 6 series, new CTS coupe variant, but instead of playing the sports coupe play the laid back grand tourer with loads of tech and safety features.....coem on volvo you cant produce stunning designs like this and say limited production....this would do wonders for your brand image
      ZOZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      Come on... put one in each dealership and see how it works.
      kevsflanagan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would have to suggest possibly C80 or even C1800.
      mookieblaylock
      • 1 Year Ago
      seriously that is ugly, and if they think that's a halo car they are screwed
        Britt Benston
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mookieblaylock
        Your negative reaction is way outweighed by all the positive reaction.
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        Alex740
        • 1 Year Ago
        Aren't you a VW/Audi guy carguy? Last I heard they are FWD/AWD as well...
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          @Alex740
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        frostillicus80
        • 1 Year Ago
        Never driven anything like a Focus ST or Mazdaspeed 3, I see.
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          @frostillicus80
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      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would look different, would be FWD, and would be kinda like a solara. Sorry to burst all them bubbles.
        Billy Farmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        burst all them bubbles, more like insult all the bubbles, Calling a toyota is a huge insult ! I aint see a toyota that looks like a real sport car yet besides the GT86 BUT the GT86 is not even a real toyota product so you cant really count it
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      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm glad they are building it, but until their cars can run up to 100k miles without major faults they won't have the glory they once held. Volvo is supposed to be practical, not high maintenance garage queens.
        ThatsHowIRoll
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        Not sure what you're talking about, Bernard. Through the local owners' club I know lots of people with fairly modern (FWD-era) Volvos that have been rock solid, and my parents had an 850 Turbo that was great until it got wrecked. I have a Volvo myself but it only has 8000 miles on it.
      Britt Benston
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe they could build it at Valmet on a shortened Fisker platform and save some money. I'm sure Fisker would love the licensing fees.
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