Hold it a second. Aren't Volvos supposed to be safe and conservative? If anything is going to shake off the old straighty-pants Swede image, it's this C30. Created by ipd for the 2006 SEMA show, it features a catalog of parts only the most crazed gearhead could conceive.
For example, it's got a K04 turbocharger. No big deal in itself, but there's a Lysholm twin-screw supercharger in there too. So the 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine develops 384 hp at 7200 rpm, with 408 lb-ft of torque at just 2200 rpm. The supercharger delivers 6 psi of boost at 2000 rpm, spinning the engine right into the turbo zone. It exhales into an ipd turbo-back exhaust fashioned from 409 stainless steel. And of course, the ECU has been reprogrammed. The car is theoretically capable of hitting 60 mph from standstill in just over five seconds. A six-speed manual gearbox and a Quaife limited-slip diff (essential, with all that power going solely to the front wheels) make up the transmission, while 13- and 11-inch cross-dimpled rotors (front and rear) form part of the big brake upgrade lurking behind the 8x17-inch Pentasport alloy wheels. Tires are 225/45 Pirelli P Zeros-watched over by Tire Spy pressure monitors. A fully adjustable KW coilover suspension allows ride height to be adjusted by two inches, and ipd has provided a bespoke rear anti-roll bar. But all this gas-and-go stuff is only half the story.
Did someone say presence? Using the colors of the Swedish flag, ipd has made this car unmissable. The same combination is repeated in Alcantara for the cabin. A cabin that houses a high-end Alpine audio system with an eight-inch LCD touch-screen, satellite radio with traffic updates, iPod connectivity, navigation, voice activation, and a direct line to your dry cleaners. Maybe not that last one.
This C30 reminds us there aren't enough gull-winged cars around. Keeping it in the family, V70 tailgate hinges were used for these delicious doors.
A car too far? Not really. All of Volvo's standard safety systems are present and correct. It wouldn't be a Volvo without them, would it?-Colin Ryan