Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) announced that factory-authorized performance tuning software will be available for the first time on several Volvo models that will start to be offered at nationwide Volvo retailers next week. Tuning software was developed by Polestar (Volvo's Swedish-based performance partner) for C30, C70 and S40 carlines that come with a T5 engine, with model year 2008 or newer. This tuning package has an MSRP of $1,295 and will start selling on Nov. 14. It boosts the torque of the respective models by 23 hp and 29 lb.-ft. of torque.
The increase in power is made possible by increasing the airflow into the combustion chambers and advancing spark timing.
Since 1996, Polestar has been the official partner of Volvo Car Corp. Polestar had been enhancing cars for racing for many years but it is now focusing on the U.S. market. The power and torque are optimized without having an effect on fuel consumption.
Polestar is credited for tuning the engine to be efficient. It also designed it so that the power output is only raised when it is required.
The package keeps the original manufacturer warranty so customers don’t have to take risks with “chip tuning" in order to have a more powerful driving experience. Furthermore, it has been announced that the performance software package meant for V50 AWD with manual transmission will be offered shortly.
Volvo C30 represented the culmination of the design language created under then design director Peter Horbury when it was launched in 2006. Volvo chief designer Simon Lamarre commented that when they first designed the C30, they were more playful, less formal and more adventurous. This resulted to a vehicle that features a wedged shape, wide track, a long wheelbase and nosed-down window-line angles.
Compared to other Volvo vehicles, the shoulders of the C30 are broader and rise towards the rear. While the shoulders are even and level on other Volvo vehicles, those of the C30 offer more movement and angle changes. Abrahamsson remarked that Volvo chose to make the C30 a two-door model since such styling is sportier in appearance, adding that the target market for the vehicle preferred the coupe style.
Abrahamsson added that this target market is bound to rarely use the back seat, which means that there is no need to compromise style. For those who wanted to have the practicality of rear doors, they could choose from several four-door offerings from Volvo. The C30 features a rear end which has a style that deviates from the norm.
Specifically, the C30 Design Concept unveiled at the Detroit Show in January 2006 was inspired by the classic 1800ES sports estate of 1971, which had the deep glass tailgate as its hallmark element.
The C30 Design Concept as well as the SCC concept car unveiled at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show heavily adopts this styling cue. Now, the newest iteration of the Volvo C30 -- launched in late 2009 – builds on the success of the outgoing models by featuring major changes in its body panel for a new dynamic style while still retaining several elements that the C30 has been known for.
In addition, Volvo refreshed the front end of the C30, making it more expressive and more dynamic. For instance, the angled lines of the front bumper as well as the new headlights are now angled upwards and towards the flanks of the c30.