Watch the Volvo P1800 Cyan Get Sideways the Scandinavian Way
Seeing it makes you want to spend $500,000 to buy oneby Kirby Garlitos, on LISTEN 01:51
Cyan Racing’s Volvo P1800 is a stunning resto-mod that’s capable of turning snow-covered roads into its personal playground. The Swedish racing outfit brought the P1800 to Åre, a small town north of Volvo’s headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden for some fun runs in sub-zero temperatures.
Sending a car that weighs under 2,200 but packs 420 horsepower on less-than-stellar roads might sound dangerous for some, but it also could be a fun experience for those who know how to drive the P1800 in these conditions.
Cyan Racing’s Volvo P1800 is powered by a race-spec 2.0-liter twin-turbo engine from the Volvo S60 TCI race car.
The engine produces 420 horsepower and 336 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission sends power to the two rear wheels and a limited-slip differential. Combine all of that with a weight of just 2,183 pounds and the P1800 should be as fun to drive on dry roads as it is on snow-covered ones.
To find out, Cyan Racing strapped a set of snow tires on the P1800’s 18-inch wheels and sent its road testers to put the coupé through its paces. Footage of the test runs shows the P1800 showcase its agility and nimbleness, going sideways in a manner that makes us envious that we’re not behind the wheel of this car.
Production of the P1800 isn’t limited to a specific number, but the cost of owning one runs about $500,000. Cyan Racing started taking orders for its rests-mod in 2020, but you can still order one if you have that kind of scratch.
|Engine||2.0 l, turbo|
|Engine size||2000 cc|
|Max power||420 hp @ 7000 rpm|
|Max torque||455 Nm/336 lb-ft @ 6000 rpm|
|Transmission||manual synchromesh, dog leg, five-speed|
|Front track||1466 mm|
|Rear track||1489 mm|
|Fuel tank||57 l/15 gal|
|Weight||990 kg/2183 lb|
|Weight distribution||47-53 front-rear|