As you know, we were unabashedly impressed with the C30 when it debuted as a concept at the 2006 North American International Auto Show and were equally excited to see the production version lost little of the concept's charm. It turns out that Volvo is pretty excited about the C30 too, as the Swedish brand has turned three cars over to a triumvirate of tuners who will produce custom versions for the SEMA Show in November. The companies involved include ipd, HEICO SPORTIV and EVOLVE.
The first tuner is little ipd who will make a very big statement with its C30 concept (shown above) producing 400 horsepower thanks to a belt-driven supercharger. That delicious powerband is augmented with audio courtesy of Alpine and Apple. Handling is jacked up a notch thanks to a fully adjustable coil-over suspension system and the party will come to a stop quickly thanks to a big break package. And just for fun the ipd C30 is painted with a Swedish flag theme. Nice.
(Follow the jump for more details on the other two tuner Volvos and more renderings)
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The HEICO C30 is aimed at outdoor enthusiasts, which explains the involvement of Burlington, Vermont-based Burton snowboards. HEICO plans to turn the all-wheel drive C30 into a backpack on wheels for the outdoor advernturists, but beyond that all we have to go on in this rendering.
The final tuner is EVOLVE, a company that's worked with Volvo in the past on show cars. The EVOLVE C30 is described as combining "stunning aesthetics" with "staggering performance capabilities." Show and go is always a good thing, but what really tickles our fancy is the question EVOLVE poses: "What would happen if a Formula One car and Volvo C30 were put in a blender? "