Test Drive: Volvo R-Design (Part 4)

?Volvo C30? R-Design

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer

Of the three Polestar modified cars, the C30 feels the most dramatic on the road and much of that is due to its smaller size.? Already one of our favorites for its sporty handling and the styling, which resembles a contemporary version of the P1800ES from the early 1970s.? Powered by a 227-hp, 236-lb.ft. of torque turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the 3,200-pound vehicle accelerates from 0 to 60 in 6.8-seconds and has a track top speed electronically limited to 149 mph.

Shifting is handled by a six-speed manual transmission or the five-speed Geartronic with the manual shifting ?auto stick.???

With the modifications to the chassis and steering, the R-Design has a stiffer ride and tighter steering more consistent with that of a racecar than a front-wheel drive coupe.

Starting with a well-equipped C30 T5 that includes all the typical Volvo safety enhancements the R-Design adds a color-coordinated body kit, leather seating, a special front grille along with several cosmetic upgrades and R-Design logos.

Standalone options include SiriusXM satellite radio, active dual Xenon headlights, keyless drive and the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).? Volvo was the first company to develop a blind spot system and we think it should be standard equipment on all Volvo vehicles.

The C30 T5 comes in six trim levels T5, T5 Premier, T5 Platinum along with R-Design versions of each of those.? Pricing starts at a base level of $25,825, including the destination charge, and peaks at $32,725 for the R-Design Platinum.? The R-Design adds $2,500 to any model.? With all the available options, the C30 goes for a lofty $36,820.? It?s expensive, but it?s a remarkable car and a standout on the road.

Polestar Performance Software Packages

Owners of certain later models of the XC60, C30, C70, S40 and V50 can also get a Polestar Software upgrade for T6 and T5 engines.? See your Volvo dealer for details.