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2013 Volvo C30 R-Design Polestar Limited Edition [w/video]

Last Hurrah Comes and Goes In A Hurry It isn't very often that we drive a new car that's already out of production, but that's exactly what has happened with this 2013 Volvo C30. After just five years on the North American market, the last C30 quietly rolled off the assembly line back in December. But before that happened, Volvo decided to send its compact hatchback out on a high note with a little added performance and exclusivity courtesy of this R-Design Polestar Limited Edition model. The term "hot hatch" is admittedly tossed around a lot these days, but the combination of an... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 2.5L I5
Power:
250 HP / 273 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
Base Price:
$32,445
As-Tested Price:
$35,545
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