Could the Volvo-based Lynk & Co 03+ pose a threat to the BMW 3 Series?

Established in 2016, Lynk & Co is a Chinese brand owned by Geely, the same group that owns Volvo. Lynk & Co cars are positioned between those from Geely and Volvo, so they’re pretty much entry-level premium products. Although it’s a very young company, Lynk & Co has already introduced six different models in three years, all based on the Compact Modular Architecture that underpins the Volvo XC40 and the Polestar 2.

Among them there’s the 03, a compact sedan that’s now available in a sporty version with a "+" badge. Sports sedans are something you see very often coming from China, so YouTube’s Wheelsboy got his hands on one to find out what it’s all about.

This Is Probably Your First Good Look at the Lynk & Co 03+ Performance Sedan
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The 03+ is a slightly more aggressive version of the 03 on the outside.

It features a sportier front fender with vertical winglets at the bottom, a lowered ride height, some extra black trim to the sides, and appears to be a carbon-fiber wing in the back. It also features a race-inspired diffuser flanked by round exhaust pipes. Of course, the front fascia still looks weird thanks to its three-tier design with headlamps at the top, but I guess this is what makes it unique.

This Is Probably Your First Good Look at the Lynk & Co 03+ Performance Sedan
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The interior is loaded with Alcantara, which is a bit unusual for a car that’s not of the full-fledged premium variety. There’s also perforated Alcantara on the dashboard and some sort of weird inlay material with a camouflage pattern on the door panels. It also comes with sporty seats with yellow stitching and it seems like a nice place to spend time with.

This compact sedan is powered by a beefed-up version of the company's turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
This Is Probably Your First Good Look at the Lynk & Co 03+ Performance Sedan
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It generates 254 horsepower, 64 horses more than the regular 03 fitted with the same 2.0-liter mill. It needs 5.9 seconds to hit 60 mph, so it’s pretty quick for a Lynk & Co. Having driven the 03+, Wheelsboy says it performs well in all categories, but at the end of the day is still a compact family sedan and not a sports car. But it’s a performance-compact that looks funky.

Lynk & Co 03+ specifications
Engine 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower 254 HP
Torque 260 LB-FT
Transmission 8-speed automatic manual
0 to 60 mph 5.9 seconds
Ciprian Florea
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