The 2011 SEMA Auto Show is over so now it’s time to focus on the next motor show of the month: the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show starting November 16th. Just a few days ago, Subaru announced the BRZ STI Concept’s scheduled appearance in California, and now Volvo has announced a special edition C70. Called the C70 Inscription, this new edition will be offered worldwide and will be limited to 2,000 units a year.
The new C70 Inscription will be offered in only three exterior colors: Black Stone (Solid), Black Sapphire (Metallic), and Ice White (Solid). It will be distinguished by 18-inch wheels painted in black with polished spokes and outer perimeter, a high-gloss paint on the grille, and LED Daytime Running Lights.
For the interior, the model will add an exclusive leather-covered dashboard with contrasting stitching and Sovereign Hide upholstery in Off Black or Calcite with the same contrasting stitching as on dashboard, handbrake lever, and carpets. A sporty feeling will be added with a new set of aluminum pedals, a steering wheel and gear shift knob with aluminum inlays. Because this is a special edition, it will also feature "Inscription" logos on the front headrests, carpets, and handbrake lever.
UPDATE 12/15/11: Volvo has officially released the pricing details for the C70 Inscription package. If you’re interested in getting one, you’re going to need to shell out $3,900 for the opportunity to have one put into your C70. Add that to the $40,450 cost of the car itself and you’re looking at a price of around $44,350.
Noted Volvo tuner Heico Sportiv found an unlikely partner in upgrading a Volvo C70 when it tied up with Thonet, a German-based contemporary furniture designer to create – of all things – special wooden gearshift knobs to be installed on the C70.
By themselves, the gearshift knobs, which are made from either oak, beech, or walnut, look nothing like the standard knobs we’ve come to expect from almost all vehicles, but we guess that’s what makes it all the more alluring.
In fact, according to Thonet, the design of the knobs was done to reflect Volvo’s noted floating center console.
Unlikely as it sounds to have a furniture design company become involved in car tuning, Thonet’s gear shift knobs actually look pretty good when you piece the whole puzzle together. It’s not too loud that it stands out like a sore thumb yet it’s not too bland that nobody will even notice something was different. It was a curious choice for Heico Sportiv to bring Thonet on board but, at the end of the day, it seemed like it was worth it.
Heico Sportiv will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show a tuning program for the Volvo C70 convertible model. The exterior package includes a front spoiler made in lightweight polyurethane plastic (PUR), a rear diffuser, 20 inch forged wheel, a dual or quad pipe stainless steel exhaust system.
The package also includes an ECU upgrade for the 2.0D and D5 versions, but there are no details yet on how the output has been modified.
Volvo will unveil a revised version of the C70 Convertible at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. The C70 is the first model from the Swedish automaker to feature design elements from the S60 Concept Car that was unveiled earlier this year.
Making up the restyled Volvo C70 includes a set of redesigned front fenders, a much more wedge shaped nose, new crystal like headlamps and some new trim surrounding the foglamps and the lower grille. For 2011, the C70 Convertible is being offered with three gas burning and two diesel engines: first is the T5 turbocharged five cylinder making 230 HP, the 2.4i pumping out 170 HP, the 2.4 cranking out 140 HP. The diesel mills consist of the D5 making 180 HP and the 2.0D that produces 136 HP.
The new Volvo C70 has been engineered to be one of the safest convertibles on the market, with regards to both active and passive safety. The car has an advanced body structure and several solutions that are unique to the C70 in the world of open top cars. The lack of a fixed roof doesn’t compromise the convertible’s structural integrity and has been compensated for by structural reinforcements and other sophisticated technology.
Updated 01/22/10: The new Volvo C70, in USA offered as a 2011 model, will go on sale at a price of just $39,950. Volvo will also offer a a Convenience Package for $1,000, a Multimedia Package for $2,600, a Dynamic Trim Package for $1,000 and a Climate Package for $900. Hit the jump to get full pricing list.
Volvo’s new C70 coupe cabrio has been caught completely in the buff by a loyal member of the Swedespeed internet forum. This facelifted version of the sporty two door is not supposed to be unveiled until the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, so seeing one undisguised in its natural habitat is quite a treat.
The similarities between the exterior of the S60 Concept car and the next generation C70 are clearly visible. From this unobstructed view we can see that the C70 features a redesigned front bumper, a larger grill, new headlights and much more fluid lines. From the back you can see that Volvo is taking pride in their new design just by how large they wrote their name across the boot.
Volvo UK has launched a new special edition C70. Called C70 Ice White, the new special edition is priced at £24,495 OTR and is available to order now; it features £2,350 worth of extra equipment over the standard 2.0D S model on which it is based which retails at £24,995.
Externally, the Volvo C70 Ice White sports the head-turning Ice White finish. The interior boasts sumptuous Calcite leather upholstery with black interior trim and aluminum inlays. The exterior appeal is also boosted with 18” Midir diamond cut alloy wheels.
The Ice White is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0D diesel engine (136PS), which emits 161g/km CO2 and returns up to 46.3mpg fuel economy on the combined cycle. Options include Volvo’s Powershift gearbox for £1,400 – a six-speed twin-clutch transmission which provides the comfort of a full automatic mode with the performance of a manual. Powershift versions return up to 44.8mpg and 167g/km CO2.
Volvo unveiled today at SEMA the XC70 Surf Rescue, a concept car conceived from the Volvo Cars design team and built by Aria. Creativity is a must at SEMA but Volvo has always insisted on one rule: all Volvo safety features must remain functional. Other than that, they were free to let their imaginations run wild.
The second generation C70 Convertible was launched in 2005 at Frankfurt motor show. The aim was to create two cars in one - without compromising on either. A three-piece retractable hardtop transforms the Volvo C70 from coupe to convertible at the touch of a button. The C70 was developed in close cooperation with Pininfarina of Italy.