Volvo C30 Polestar to cost $32,445 in the United States

Article by Christian A., on September 15, 2012

Volvo will release a new C30 Polestar edition model in the U.S. that costs $32,445. The interest for the Volvo C30 hatchback failed to match the popularity of the newer S60 compact sports sedan but this special edition model is expected to have a better showing. Volvo will offer only 250 units in the U.S. It will arrive in dealerships this November.

Volvo will be introducing a C30 hatch variant that gets a boost in power to 250hp. This car will arrive at showrooms this November. It will have a starting price of $32,445. As is typical of a Polestar-edition Volvo, the special C30 hatch delivers 250hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, standing for a boost of 23 hp and 37 lb-ft, due to the improved airflow in the combustion chambers and advancing spark timing.

During testing, the long-term 2008 Volvo C30 equipped with the stock turbocharged 2.5-liter I-5 engine and a five-speed automatic could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and could attain the quarter-mile mark in 15.5 seconds at 94 mph. Volvo said that the C30 Polestar edition offers the same standard EPA fuel economy estimates of 21/29 mpg city/highway with the six-speed manual and 21/30 mpg with the five-speed automatic.

Comparable to the C30 R-Design model, the Polestar cars are tuned to be sportier with a 30% increase in spring stiffness and a 10% faster steering ratio. What makes the Polestar-edition model different from the regular $26,395 2013 Volvo C30 are the new 17-inch wheels with a matte-black finish and a Rebel Blue exterior color that’s new for the 2013 model year.

The leather seats are offered in either an off-black or a two-tone off-black and Calcite combination. Similar to what the 2013 C30 T5 R-Design’s Premier Plus trim offers, the C30 Polestar edition will also be getting a sunroof, HID headlights, power driver’s seat with memory, a power passenger’s seat, LED daytime running lights, and Volvo’s Keyless Drive. Consumers may opt for a 650-watt 10-speaker sound system, a navigation system and heated front seats. The C30 Polestar comes with a $1000 premium compared to a 2013 Volvo C30 R-Design with the Premier Plus trim.

The carmaker’s design language conceived under the lead of Peter Horbury was able to reach its peak in the Volvo C30 when it was introduced in 2006. Chief designer Simon Lamarre admitted that when Volvo first designed the C30, designers were more adventurous, more playful and less formal. This resulted to a wedge-shaped C30 with a long wheelbase, an unusually wide track as well as nose-down window-line angles. Lamarre remarked that while the shoulders on other Volvos were even and level, the ones on the C30 were broader than on its siblings. Since these shoulders rise towards the rear, they signify movement and angle change.

Abrahamsson remarked the Volvo intently chose a two-door style for the new C30, noting that the target market for the car preferred coupe style. He noted that the target market is expected to rarely use the back seat, which means that Volvo may forego the four-door configuration to stick to the style preferred by its target market.

Indeed, the rear end of the new C30 represents a sharp turn from the usual Volvo styling, save the classic 1800ES sports estate introduced in 1971. This 1800ES sports estate was primarily defined by its deep glass tailgate, a styling cue that was seen 30 years later on the SCC concept car during the 2001 Detroit Show. This styling cue was then adopted for the C30 Design Concept unveiled at the 2006 Detroit Show.

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