Swedes’ concept is a stunner
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