Last month, Heico Sportiv unveiled the V40 "Pirelli" edition and now the tuner is back with the unveiling of the most powerful V40 ever. The model is based on the Cross Country variant of the V40 and aims to be an alternative for cars like BMW M135i xDrive and Mercedes A45 AMG.
The new V40 HPC is based on the S80 HPC Concept ; instead of the “HPC” standing for "High Performance Concept" like on the concept version, this time the abbreviation stands for "Heico Performance Car."
The new V40 features both exterior and interior updates, but the most impressive job was made under the hood where the tuner offers two different levels of upgrades. After all the updates, the V40 can hit a top speed of 164 mph, making it the world’s fastest V40.
Click past the jump to read more about the Heico Sportiv Volvo V40 T5 HPC.
For the exterior, the tuner opted for the usual Heico body kit and a very cool Matt Toxic Green film with decorative stripes. The kit is entirely made in flexible polyurethane plastic (PUR-R-RIM) and includes a front spoiler and rear skirt in diffuser look.
For the interior, Heico opted in making the V40 look sportier than ever. For this, it added a sports steering wheel with fixed paddle shifters integrated into the rear. There is also a new set of Recaro body-contoured sport seats wrapped in the highest-quality leather.
The same leather was used for the door paneling, the sport steering wheel, gearshift and handbrake grip. All of them are combined with green stitching. Heico used Alcantara for the gearshift and handbrake collars, while the tachometer cladding, free-floating central console and steering-wheel inlay are in piano black. For an even sportier look, the tuner installed an aluminum pedal set, fine-velour floor mat set and black anodized, illuminated stainless steel door sills.
Under the hood, the 2.5 liter five-cylinder turbo engine is updated with a turbocharger, a new exhaust system with sport catalytic converter and flap control. The tuner also installed a new Heico Sportiv performance enhancement system and a new speedpack that helps increase top speed.
The output of the five-cylinder engine in increased in two different levels. In level one, called "green," the engine delivers a total of 320 horsepower - up from the base 254 horsepower. In level two, which the tuner named “blue,” an additional water-ethanol injection system is activated and the output increases to a total of 350 horsepower. Peak torque was also increased to 376 pound-feet.
With the extra power the new V40 HPC will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds and will go up to a top speed of 164 mph. This way the HPC V40 becomes the world’s fastest and most powerful Volvo V40!
Suspensions and brakes
Such a powerful V40 requires a more powerful suspension and braking system. To satisfy this requirement, Heico installed a new sport suspension system with specially harmonized sport shock absorbers and sport springs for the front and rear axles. This new suspension system will also lower the car’s ride by 30 mm (1.18 inches).
The new HPC V40 will sit on a new set of 19-inch weight-optimized wheels wrapped in special 235/35R19 ContiForceContact cup tires. The V40 is brought to a stop by a six-piston sport brake system with perforated 370 mm (14.56-inch) diameter brake disks.
Prices for the new HPC V40 will be announced at a later date.
Heico has big hopes for its new HPC V40, as it transformed it from a boring car to a competitor for cars like M135i. The BMW sports hatch is powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six-cylinder engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers a total of 320 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. The M135i can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds (automatic: 4.9 seconds) and up to a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).
Gallery BMW M135i
Maybe one of the most impressive models unveiled by Mercedes in the past few years is the A45 AMG. The model carries a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower and a peak torque of 331 pound-feet of torque.
As you can see, it is a little bit more powerful than the HPC V40, and is also a little bit faster: it goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.
Gallery Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
Heico Sportiv managed to take a rather boring car and transform it into something really cool. It’s true that it is not as its competition, but the HPC V40 is still the most powerful and fastest V40 you will ever see.
- Fast and powerful
- Looks cool in green
- Sporty interior
- No prices for the conversion
- Competition can be more powerful
Gallery Heico Sportiv Volvo V40 T5 HPC
Mercedes A45 AMG.
HEICO SPORTIV shows what’s technically possible with the Volvo V40 T5 HPC. 350 hp, 4-wheel drive and extremely dynamic driving characteristics are the ingredients that make the sporty compact car an interesting alternative to the Audi S3 Sportsback, BMW M135i xDrive and
The abbreviation “HPC” has a long tradition at HEICO SPORTIV. In 2007, the Volvo tuner presented the “High Performance Concept” based on the Volvo S80 T6 at the Las Vegas SEMA Show. At the time, the specification of customer, Volvo Cars Corporation, had just one requirement: maximum performance without compromising any safety feature or Volvo’s iconic durability.
Six years on down the line, the Volvo V40 T5 HPC is now following in these footsteps. The abbreviation meanwhile stands for “HEICO Performance Car” and heralds the next evolutionary level: “While the S80 HPC was purely a concept car, the V40 HPC has been designed as a series-producible vehicle, with approval for normal roads and for everyday use,” explains HEICO SPORTIV General Manager, Holger Hedtke. “The HPC combines HEICO SPORTIV’s Volvo V40 individualization program with a number of specially developed high-performance components.”
Guaranteed driving pleasure: four-wheel drive, 350 hp, 510 Nm
The four-wheel drive, Cross County variant of the Volvo V40 – the Volvo V40CC T5 – serves as the basis model. This was an easy decision for project manager, Martin Müller: “To attain maximum traction and, thereby, the best possible driving characteristics, we had to transmit power to all four wheels. As the Volvo V40 is only produced as a front wheel drive, our natural choice was to go for the Volvo V40CC with all-wheel drive.”
The powerhouse is a redesigned, 2.5 liter cubic capacity, 5-cylinder turbo engine. Compared to the series-produced engine, the turbocharger, exhaust system (including sport catalytic converter and flap control), intercooler and charge-air system have been fundamentally revamped. The performance kit is rounded off by the HEICO SPORTIV performance enhancement system, e.motion®, and the new HEICO SPORTIV speedpack for increasing the top speed before the series-produced speed throttle kicks in. Maximum power increases from 187 kW (254 hp) to 235 kW (320 hp) and, when the water-ethanol injection system is activated, to as much as 257 kW (350 hp). Torque is boosted from 360 Nm to 510 Nm.
The water-ethanol injection system is activated with the illuminated HEICO stainless-steel button in the central console. Level 1 (green) is the standard setting for 320 hp; level 2 (blue) opens the exhaust system flaps; level 3 (blue, flashing) additionally activates the water-ethanol injection system. In this mode, the Volvo V40 T5 HPC accelerates to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 265 km/h. With these specifications, it’s safe to say the HPC is probably the world’s fastest and most powerful Volvo V40!
Perfection down to the finest detail: maximum driving dynamics and braking power
One of the main strengths of the Volvo V40 T5 HPC is its dynamic driving characteristics, achieved through the HEICO SPORTIV sport suspension consisting of specially harmonized sport shock absorbers and sport springs for the front and rear axles. Reduced vehicle inclination when accelerating from standstill and braking result in precise handling, and optimized braking performance and traction. The lowering of the vehicle by ca. 30mm, and consequent sinking of its center of gravity, make the car’s excellent driving dynamics palpable. A special cross-brace and the 235/35R19 ContiForceContact cup tires mounted on the 8x19" weight-optimized designer wheel VOLUTION® VII. Diamond-Cut Black, are another factor contributing to the superior driving dynamics.
The six-piston sport brake system makes a further, major contribution to driving safety. The 370mm diameter brake disks are perforated for better response characteristics in wet weather and have a highly efficient cooling system. It guarantees a precise action point, outstanding stability and significantly shorter braking distances.
Perfect ergonomics thanks to paddle shifters and sport seats
The series-manufactured automatic gear transmits power to all four wheels. In doing so, fixed paddle shifters integrated into the rear of the HEICO SPORTIV sport steering wheel have been used for the first time. The benefit is patent: at all times the driver can actively intervene in the transmission control without having to remove his hands from the steering wheel. Combined with the Recaro body-contoured sport seats – with specially constructed seat consoles – the driver and co-driver have an optimal sitting position with perfect side-support.
Inside, the top-quality, series-produced interior has been further refined: the seats and door paneling have been re-leathered, the sport steering wheel, gearshift and handbrake grip are adorned with green stitching. The gearshift and handbrake collars are made of Alcantara. The tachometer cladding, free-floating central console and steering-wheel inlay are in piano black, and the aluminum pedal set, footrest, fine-velour foot mat set and black anodized, illuminated stainless steel door sills originate from HEICO SPORTIV’s standard product range.
Outside, the Volvo V40 T5 HPC makes no attempt to be coy. The first striking feature is the iconic HEICO SPORTIV body kit, consisting of a front spoiler and rear skirt in diffusor look. The BodyKit is made of lightweight, flexible polyurethane plastic (PUR-R-RIM) and fulfills all safety standards, including pedestrian protection. The entire vehicle is covered in a Matt Toxic Green film, offset with black, lateral decorative stripes.
Great emphasis was placed on homologating the vehicle for regular road traffic. Series production of the Volvo V40 T5 HPC would be conceivable, given sufficient demand, but is not currently planned. Prices for individual components – such as the performance kit, will be published later.