The C30 has been a hit with hatch fans since its introduction thanks to strong proportions and unique design cues, but something that has always been missing is a super-high performance variant. Like the Focus RS, the new C30 R could offer huge power in a small and sporty hatch.
The C30 R shouldnâ€™t be confused with the R-design package C30 (pictured), which is a strictly visual upgrade package. The C30 R is intended to be a much meaner variant.
In fact, the C30 R will be using the same engine block as its Focus RS corporate cousin, which turns out 300hp (224kW) in street-going trim. Volvo will take that figure up to 350hp (261kW) for its C30 R, though exactly how that will be done isnâ€™t yet clear. Likely a combination of more turbo boost and more aggressive tuning will be the end mixture, though that much horsepower may require strengthening some of the engineâ€™s internal components, such as connecting rods and pistons, as well.
With Volvoâ€™s AWD system to put all that power to the ground the C30 R could be the uber-Focus RS that so many fans have been clamoring for – a true rally hatch for the street. Unfortunately, the prototype may be the last stop for the C30 R, as the company currently has no plans to take the car to a full-scale run, according to AutoTelegraaf. The possibility is there, since the prototype exists, but the current emissions and fuel consumption climate may be sounding the carâ€™s death knell just as it is born.Â Source: MotorAuthority