Volvo & Polestar Bringing 250 Tuned C30’s Stateside

Volvo and its racing partner, Polestar, have become more and more entwined recently, and the latest result of their partnership is this hotted-up C30 Polestar Limited Edition.

We think the C30 Polestar looks to be pretty awesome, and it should be pretty aggressive given the under-hood mods, but we can’t help but wish it was just a little bit more like the Polestar-designed concept car (seen above).

Polestar first created a high-performance C30 concept car two years ago, and more recently rolled out Volvo-backed tuning kits for the Swedish automaker’s turbocharged T5 inline-five and T6 inline-six cylinder engines, as well as an awesome 508-hp, 186-mph S60 concept car. The 2013 C30 Polestar Limited Edition, unfortunately, is not nearly as hard-core as the original C30 Polestar Performance concept, but it’s not exactly a chump, either.

The C30 Polestar concept was a 405-hp, all-wheel-drive rocket that was equipped with Brembo brakes, racing seats and four-point harnesses, and an aerodynamics package derived from the C30 Volvo campaigned in the Swedish Touring Car Championship. This Polestar Limited Edition, however, essentially is a tarted-up, front-wheel-drive C30 R-Design with a unique color combination—retina-searing Rebel Blue (which will be available on non-Polestar 2013 C30s) over matte-black 17-inch wheels—and some Polestar performance goodies baked in. Volvo started with the C30 R-Design equipped with the mid-grade Premier Plus trim level and added Polestar’s engine-tuning package (available on all C30s for $1295) and Polestar exterior badges.

Polestar’s engine-software update boosts the output of the C30’s 2.5-liter turbo five from 227 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque to 250 hp and 273 lb-ft of twist. Besides the power increase, the rest of the C30 Polestar is pure R-Design: body-color body kit, mono-tube dampers, springs that are 30-percent stiffer than a standard C30’s suspenders, and a steering ratio that’s 10-percent quicker than stock. Inside, there are R-Design pedals, sport steering wheel, instrument cluster, and aluminum trim.

It may be a tweaked R-Design, but the limited-edition C30 will be fairly rare, as just 250 will be sold in the U.S. (Each car’s interior will be equipped with a numbered plate to help bystanders, er, Volvo connoisseurs pick the Polestar out of a crowd.) Despite doing its best unicorn impersonation, the Polestar does represent something of a bargain at $32,445. A similarly spec’d C30 R-Design with the Polestar engine goodies actually costs slightly more—$32,740, to be exact—and doesn’t get the unique wheels or Polestar badges. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but buyers will be able to opt for a five-speed automatic, a climate package with heated seats and automatic climate control, navigation, and a premium sound system.

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