Po­lar mo­ments

Swedes’ con­cept is a stun­ner

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

It’s a blue streak on steroids, with the hot tur­bocharged 2.5-litre en­gine used by the blis­ter­ing Ford Fo­cus RS— breathed on by Volvo’s rac­ing part­ner Polestar to de­liver 300kw/510nm to all wheels via a tweaked race-spec sixspeed man­ual.

Polestar was given free rein to draw on its ex­pe­ri­ence in de­vel­op­ing suc­cess­ful Volvo tour­ing car cham­pi­onship ve­hi­cles but in the PCP’S case with­out be­ing ham­pered by reg­u­lated rac­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

In Dahlgren’s hands, on a track he knows in­ti­mately, it’s an ex­pertly guided mis­sile: swift, deadly and un­err­ingly on-tar­get.

And even un­der the con­trol of our am­a­teur mitts and boots, the car is good enough to get around the laps with a re­spectable amount of ag­gres­sive ac­cu­racy.

That’s helped by ra­zor­sharp steer­ing, the prodi­gious grip of a race-spec Haldex all-wheel drive sys­tem and Oh­lins rac­ing sus­pen­sion that gives the car re­mark­able com­po­sure even at ridicu­lous corner­ing speeds.

There is also mas­sive Brembo brak­ing abil­ity when you need to call on it

It’s fast enough off the line but floor­ing the pedal rouses up the turbo and the C30 al­most in­stantly tele­ports for­ward. Polestar claims a 0-100km/h time of 4.6 sec­onds. We be­lieve it. Un­der ac­cel­er­a­tion, the vis­ceral growl from the straight-though ex­haust is be­yond any­thing you’d ever ex­pect from Volvo. It would be stealthy fun to idle up along­side any Aussie street hoon and then leave him blis­tered in the au­ral after­burn.

And the styling would get an af­ter­mar­ket fan flut­ter­ing, with an ag­gres­sive bodykit, black 19-inch al­loys, plus an in­te­rior with Polestar blue di­als and hectares of dark suede fin­ish stretched over the Re­caro seats and steer­ing wheel. And dash­board. And cen­tre con­sole.

The con­cept car is worth more than $200,000 but Volvo says it won’t ever be put into pro­duc­tion.

So just like a street drug, you’re not al­lowed to have it.

Ex­pertly guided mis­sile: The $200,000 pro­to­type hot

laps Volvo’s test track

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.