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Volvo has announced Volvo C30 Polestar Limited Edition price starts at $32,445,
Volvo Introduces 2013 C30 Polestar Limited Edition
Specially equipped model targets enthusiasts
Production limited to 250 vehicles exclusively for U.S. market
Standard Polestar performance software increases horsepower, torque
While the Volvo C30 has often been called the sportiest-looking Volvo, a new, limited-production version may also be called an “enthusiast magnet” when it makes its way to showrooms in November.
The 2013 Volvo C30 Polestar Limited Edition will definitely be limited in volume – only 250 will be made, beginning in October. But it won’t be limited when it comes to youthful exuberance and is packaged in a remarkably attractive and affordable container. The base MSRP is $32,445, which includes an $895 destination charge.
The excitement begins under the hood where the C30′s standard 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder engine receives a healthy performance upgrade. Polestar, Volvo’s official performance partner, provides performance software that boosts output by 23 horsepower and 37 lb.-ft. of torque to 250 hp and 273 lb.-ft. This power boost is realized by increasing airflow into the combustion chambers and advancing spark timing.
Polestar’s upgrade offers the best of both worlds: Optimized power and torque without affecting fuel consumption. This is possible thanks to efficient tuning of the engine which only increases the power output when it’s needed. Thus EPA fuel economy estimates are identical to the standard C30 T5 R-Design with 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway for the six-speed manual transmission and 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway with the optional five-speed Geartronic automatic.
The visual magnetism of the C30 Polestar Limited Edition is enhanced with new 17-inch Styx alloy wheels with matte black finish and Polestar badges on the rear and sides of the vehicle. To signify that this C30 is special, all 250 iterations will wear the new-for-2013 exterior hue of Rebel Blue and have a special interior numbered plate.
Inside, the C30 Polestar Limited Edition’s sporty cabin is dressed with premium leather seating surfaces in a choice of Off-Black or two-tone Off-Black and Calcite. Standard features, equivalent to the Premier Plus trim level of the C30 T5 R-Design, include a power glass sunroof, power driver’s seat with memory, soft loadcover, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, power passenger’s seat, LED daytime running lights, Keyless Drive and active dual Xenon headlights.
Customers can further upgrade this model by selecting the optional Platinum trim level. This includes the superb Volvo Premium Sound System with Dolby® Pro Logic® II Surround Sound, 10 loudspeakers and an astonishing 650 watts. Also included is a navigation system with real time traffic, remote control and map care plus Sirius/XM satellite radio.
The C30 Polestar Limited Edition features standard R-Design cues including a color-coordinated body kit, front grille R-Design logo, R-Design watch dial instrument cluster, unique aluminum inlays, R-Design sport steering wheel and sport pedals.
For 2013, this version – like all C30s – gains standard rain sensor windshield wipers and headlight washers. A Climate Package can be added to the C30 Polestar Limited Edition with heated front seats, Electronic Climate Control (ECC) and Interior Air Quality System (IAQS).
A Sport Chassis, standard on the C30 T5 R-Design and C30 Polestar Limited Edition, provides improved chassis dynamics and steering reflexes. Compared to the C30 T5, spring stiffness for the R-Design is increased by 30 percent while the dampers feature a mono-tube design that builds up pressure quicker for 20 percent increased low-speed damping. Steering is more precise with stiffer bushings and a 10-percent-quicker steering ratio.
Like all C30s, the C30 Polestar Limited Edition is well-equipped with standard safety features including Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC), Volvo’s Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) and Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS).
Volvo Cars Official Motorsport and Performance partner Polestar present the Volvo S60 Polestar, a performance concept car developed with the aim of satisfying the performance minded driver.
We are proud to present Polestar’s interpretation of the Volvo S60” says Christian Dahl, founder and CEO of Polestar. “It’s a car developed with our own preferences in mind which, we from experience know, are shared by a group of active drivers”
The main focus when developing the car has been to combine a comfortable genuine Volvo driving experience with a high level of power and handling. The Volvo T6 engine has been tuned to deliver a considerable increase in power and torque. This, in combination with a lowered, widened and reinforced chassis together with a tuned Haldex all-wheel drive system and Öhlins suspension makes the car suitable for both high performance driving and long distance travelling.
Robert Dahlgren, Volvo Polestar racing driver, comments the driving experience: “to me the Volvo S60 is a very well sorted car from start. In our concept car we have developed chassis, engine and transmission just like we want it, and the result is a huge leap forward in terms of handling and performance. It is, by far, the most impressive street Volvo I’ve ever driven. But I must also say that the genuine Volvo feeling is still there. “
The car presented at Gothenburg CityArena is the first car built for one specific client. A small series of Polestar modified S60s may be built pending market response;
“Polestar’s heart and soul is motorsport and our main focus is to deliver the absolute best results for Volvo on the track” say’s Christian Dahl. “But over the years we have also seen a significant increase in demand for Volvo performance cars and parts and naturally we want to respond to this.”
0-100 km/h 3.9s
Top speed more than 300km/h
Volvo T6 inline six (B6304T4)
508 hp @ 6500rpm
575Nm @ 5500rpm
Max rpm: 7100
Modified cylinder head and combustion chambers
Modified inlet manifold and air intake
Special manufactured conrods
Garret 3171 turbo
Ferrita 3.5” stainless steel exhaust system
Reinforced M66C (close ratio) manual 6-speed gear box.
Haldex E-LSD in rear
Haldex Gen4 XWD
Rims Polestar 9,5X19”
Chassis lowered 30mm
Öhlins 3- way shock absorbers
Reinforced anti-roll bar front and rear
Track width increased 20 mm front and 40 mm rear
Polestar-tuned EHPAS steering
Stabilising X- members, front and rear.
Modified control-arms with uniballs front and rear.
Reinforced bushings in sub-frame and control-arms
Modified engine mounts
Total weight 1640kg and optimized weight distribution
Front Polestar-Brembo 6 piston calipers, 380 mm ventilated discs
Rear Polestar-Volvo calipers, 302 mm ventilated discs
Brake cooling air intakes from front
Based on tests in Volvo’s wind-tunnel
Lowered front splitter and larger rear spoiler to reduce high speed lift
Carbon fiber diffusor
Body 20 mm widened front and rear
Polestar designed seats with increased support. Alcantara on all functional areas steering wheel, gear knob, and seats to ensure maximum grip.
Centre console lowered for optimised gear-lever ergonomics.
The Volvo XC60 now also becomes available in the exclusive Inscription version – designed around customers who want to add an extra luxurious, personal touch to the dynamic XC capability.
The Inscription buyer can choose between four colours on the seats, fully upholstered in fine semi-aniline quality leather. The XC60 Inscription package also includes several other distinctive interior features and the possibility to spice up the kerb appeal with additional options like the charcoal headliner, special effect paint and 20-inch wheels.
“Many consumers we talk to have very exclusive, individual tastes. The Inscription version is designed around their preferences, by offering the opportunity to give the XC60 a highly personal touch,” says Doug Speck, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Corporation.
The XC60 Inscription customer has a choice of four upholsteries in full semi-aniline leather: Marble White, Toscana Tan, Off-black and Soft Beige. They are accompanied by either an Off-black or Sandstone Beige interior.
The XC60 Inscription package also includes:
Headrests front with embroidered Inscription logo.
Centre console armrest in leather with stitching.
Door panel insert matching colour of the upholstery.
Tread plates with Inscription logo.
Electrically adjustable lumbar support.
Extended Inscription offer
The customer can further personalize the XC60 with additional options: Inscription Charcoal headliner, Inscription Electric Silver exterior colour or Inscription Avior 20” wheels.
“The XC60 was our top-selling model in 2011 with almost 100,000 units delivered to customers all over the globe. The Inscription version makes our offer even stronger. The exclusive details blended with the dynamic XC capability give the XC60 a truly unique aura,” says Doug Speck.
The Inscription version can be combined with all the engine options available for the Volvo XC60. It will be shown for the first time at the Leipzig Motor Show in June 2012 and sales start already in April 2012. The XC60 Inscription is available worldwide with local adaptations.
The very first rechargeable diesel hybrid is the UK’s most highly anticipated new green car for 2012, according to a new survey.
Despite the strength of some of the competition, the Volvo V60 Plug-In Diesel Hybrid took a clear lead in the poll run by TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk, collecting more than double the votes-at 30 per cent-than the second place Volt/Ampera*.
The ground-breaking new car from Volvo might be exciting news for UK car buyers, but fans will have to be quick as less than 150 examples of the V60 Plug-In Hybrid are expected to arrive here this year. Sadly, the car will be limited to just 1,000 models for its first year with just a fraction of that first production run coming to the UK, arriving from November this year.
While other diesel hybrids will have started to arrive in the UK before the V60, including the Citroen DS5 (which came third in the poll with 10 per cent* of the vote), what makes the V60 Plug-In special is its rechargeable nature, the first car to combine a diesel engine with the function to top up the battery for increased electric range. The only plug-in hybrid to beat it to the market will be the petrol-driven Toyota Prius Plug-In (in seventh place), which arrives this summer. What’s more, Volvo is promoting the car as ‘three in one’ and calling the model its ‘most technically advanced model’ ever thanks to its unique combined qualities as a car that can operate on electricity alone, as a hybrid or as a four wheel-drive vehicle.
2012 is set to be an exciting year for ‘green cars’ with many new hybrids, full battery electric and super fuel-efficient petrol and diesel cars set to arrive over the coming months. The Chevrolet Volt/Vauxhall Ampera is another highly anticipated model, coming second in the poll with 11 per cent of the vote. Although essentially the same car, the Volt will arrive in the UK ahead of its Vauxhall-badged cousin. Both models boast the flexibility to drive on battery power alone in suitable conditions with a back-up petrol engine to boost the range to over 300 miles.
With Volvo’s new model taking first place in the survey, the website’s editor, Faye Sunderland explains why she thinks the UK public is so excited by it: “The V60 Plug-In Diesel Hybrid is a car we’ve been buzzing about for the past year, closely following its development into a production-ready model.
“While likely to find homes in the company car sector as a premium priced product, the V60 Plug-In is a no-compromise model which offers luxury, performance and yet emits as little as 49g/km CO2 and achieves up to 134mpg** on a combined cycle. It’s green without being mean to human desire.”
Nick Connor, Acting Managing Director for Volvo Car UK, said: “This survey is great news for Volvo as it shows there is a genuine demand for a new type of plug-in vehicle that combines the benefits of electric cars with the long-distance range of a diesel model.
“The V60 Plug-in Diesel Hybrid is a car that you really could use all the time – whether it’s with zero tailpipe emissions in electric mode on the daily commute, or using a combination of electric and diesel power for a 500-mile cross-country journey. It’s also world-first technology for Volvo so we’re delighted to see that the UK’s drivers are just as excited about its arrival as we are.”