The new AWD 2009 Volvo C30 R-Design, a spiced-up, limited edition version of the recently unveiled 2009 Volvo C30 compact hatchback will soon start shipping to dealerships near you. Differing from your normal not only with a more aggressive body kit, but also with a new drivetrain, the vehicle may become an interesting choice for a single person looking for a souped-up hatch and willing to pay a premium over your average French or German two-door pocket rocket.
According to the brand’s press release, the new car will be motivated by the same 2.5-liter 300hp T5 five-cylinder turbo engine that the new Ford Focus RS super-hot hatch comes powered with. Although the use of turbocharger may limit the engine’s life expectancy, it still looks like a better choice over a naturally aspirated engine of higher displacement both in terms of fuel efficiency and weight: when driving such a small vehicle, you really don’t want a huge 3.6-liter V6 roaring under your car’s bonnet and trying to pull your vehicle off the track at every tight corner due to its impressive mass.
Also, compared to the aforementioned Focus RS, the new iteration of the Volvo C30 will have its engine mated to a much more interesting Haldex AWD system, while the Focus RS has to transfer all of this enormous power to the front wheels. In theory, the all-wheel drive system will not only hold your car better on a wet or snowy road, but will also slash its acceleration time by sending the power to all four wheels and limiting intervention of a traction control system that always seems to spoil all the fun.
By the way, speaking of wheels, the Volvo C30 T5 R-Design will roll on a set of five-spoke 20-inch alloy rims that are wrapped in performance rubber and also provide enough space for a set of color-keyed brake calipers. To make the car look even sportier, Volvo decided to fit the R-Design version with a more aggressive aero.
Inside the car, there will be a set of sports seats. They may be not as comfortable as stock ones if you decide to go on a long trip from Sweden to Portugal, but will probably do a lot better job during a track day.
Besides the bucket seats, the interior of the car will also feature a DVD-based entertainment system with a GPS navigation unit, a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel with an aluminum inlay and the R-Design logo at 6 o’clock, as well as those unavoidable “sports pedals” that probably means just a set of polished aluminum parts attached to standard controls.
As for the body kit, it will include a set of wheel-arch extensions to house a set of wider tires, a spoiler lip on the front bumper, new side skirts and a tailgate spoiler. The rear bumper will also feature larger holes for the bigger sports exhaust tips.
Only 4500 of special edition cars will be made, with about 40 percent of them going to the UK and the other spreading evenly across the rest of the continent.
No info on pricing yet, but it is quite clear that the spec.ed. vehicle will compete against the new VW Golf R32, Audi S3 Quattro with DSG gearbox, Mini Clubman, Subaru Impreza and BMW 1-Series. So, you probably get the idea.
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