The Three Million Mile Man Takes His Last Ride To Heaven
The owner of the famous three million mile Volvo P1800S, Irv Gordon, has passed away aged 77, during his trip to China. This news comes courtesy of sources in the American Volvo community. Gordon holds the Guinness World Record for highest mileage count for a single production car ever and became famous in the classic car circle for accomplishing this feat in his invincible Volvo P1800S.
The Polestar 1: A Repurposed Volvo Concept from 2013
It hasn’t been a month since Polestar quit being a performance tuner for Volvo and branched off as its own “performance car company.” Now, this is good news for a number of reasons, with the most important being that the company can make its own cars, completely independent of anything Volvo is offering. But, that’s also where the problem arises, as the companies first stand-alone car is expensive and lazy, at best. Word that Polestar was on its own filled me joy. Just thinking about what Polestar, without limitations, could do with its new-found independence was enough to give any self-respecting man a stiffy. Yet, three weeks later and Polestar gives us the biggest disappointment since Michael Jordan’s second comeback.
Of course, auto show season is on the horizon, so I can understand the want to rush the first model out the door in time for SEMA or even the L.A. Auto Show, but this thing is pretty much a two-door Volvo S90. In fact, it’s almost like Volvo was planning a two-door S90, decided to scrap the idea, and the polestar engineer in the next studio over dug through the trash and found the disc with the AutoCAD file on it. Oh, wait… they did…..Volvo called it the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe…
So, what did Polestar do to make this car their own? Well, let’s go take a look.
Polestar’s First Production Car Could Be A 600-Horsepower Sports Coupe
Volvo’s reported plan of turning Polestar into a standalone brand is about to take its first big step toward reality as a report from Autocar revealed the Swedish automaker’s intentions of developing a bespoke sports coupe as the first model to exclusively wear a Polestar badge.
According to Autocar, the planned model won’t be a completely new one, but will instead be based on an existing Volvo model. But that’s likely about the only thing it’ll share with the parent company. Everything else, including the generous use carbon fiber and the tuned engine, will be all about establishing Polestar as a legitimate performance sub-brand that will eventually stand on its own, independent yet still connected to Volvo. Specific details about the car have yet to be released, but the report says it will make good use of carbon fiber and be tuned for 600 horsepower, enough to help it line up against established performance coupes like the BMW M6 and the Porsche Panamera. No timetable has been set on when the performance sports coupe will be launched, but the current plan appears to have the Polestar debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this coming September.
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2020 Volvo S90 Coupe
When Volvo unveiled the gorgeous Concept Coupe in 2013, very few enthusiasts actually thought that the Swedes will turn it into a production car without heavy alterations. Fortunately, most of the concept’s sleek design made it onto the S90 — the sedan that replaced the S80 as Volvo’s flagship model and a competitor for the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Sporty yet elegant and boasting a luxurious interior and powerful, but efficient engines, the S90 brings Volvo into a new era, one during which the brand may actually stand a chance against its premium European competitors.
But what about a coupe? Will Volvo offer a production model similar to the concept car? It turns out it will, with a two-door version of the S90 reportedly to arrive by the end of the decade.
Speaking to Auto Express at the S90’s unveiling event in Gothenburg, Sweden, Volvo’s senior vice president of design Thomas Ingenlath laid out out the company’s five-year plan, which includes a two-door coupe. However, while the V90 has already arrived, a coupe won’t be launched until Volvo rolls out a new lineup of compacts (S60, V60, XC60), the XC40, and a new all-electric model. All told, the coupe will be pushed back to around 2019, about the same time when the S90 will receive its first facelift.
Granted, the S90 Coupe (possibly the C90) is still a long ways off, but that didn’t stop us from creating a rendering of the production model and speculating upon what it may bring to the table. Keep reading to find out more.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2020 Volvo S90 Coupe.
Volvo’s first successful sports car, the P1800, looks a lot fancier than it actually is, and the latest Petrolicious video is an illustrative example of that. "It’s not expensive, it’s a Volvo." says P1800 owner John Patterson, who drives his 1964 model almost every day on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
Living on a small exotic island is not all fun and games though, and comes with its own disadvantages, such as the lack of a classic car garage and not that many roads to enjoy driving a classic car. A watchmaker by trade, John Patterson doesn’t have a problem with that, as he does maintenance work on the old Volvo himself and drives the car on a 58 mile-long, "U"-shaped road, almost everyday. Petrolicious’ story on his Volvo P1800 is uplifting, to say the least, but it also gave me a bittersweet taste toward the end, when Patterson says that the craftmanship of hand-built things, whether cars or watches, is slowly becoming extinct. Because he’s right.
The P1800 was actually Volvo’s second sports car, although only 68 units were sold of its predecessor, the P1900. Depending on year, the model was powered either by a carbureted, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder, or a fuel-injected, 2.0-liter engine. The car was unveiled in 1960 and was built in various specs until 1973, when the last P1800ES (Shooting Brake version) left the factory. Fans of "The Saint" TV series probably remember the P1800 as Simon Templar’s official ride, since he kept it throughout the 1960s era of the show.
Tiff Needell is a former race car driver, television host and the man who taught Jeremy Clarkson how to powerslide. In this wild YouTube video Tiff decides he wants to pit two of the most advanced Swedish cars in the entire world against each other on the race track. The problem is that the two most advanced Swedish machines are the Koenigsegg One:1 and the new Volvo FH; a semi truck. The Volvo FH is the first semi to come equipped with a dual-clutch transmission, you know like you find in Porsches and Ferraris. We showed you guys a teaser for this video a few days ago, but now the full race is available in all its glory.
Now, obviously this race is a little one sided thanks to the Koenigsegg’s horsepower rating coming in well over 1000 ponies. That said, the HF truck has about double the amount of torque and it wont be hauling a trailer.
The challenge that Tiff has devised is to see if the new Volvo truck with its fancy transmission can make it around a race track before the One:1 can finish two laps. In short, he wants to see if the most advanced semi truck is half as fast as the world’s first “mega car.” If you have ever seen Tiff, you are well aware of his driving abilities and odd sense of humor. The video is full of both, and the sight of seeing a huge truck flung around a track at speed is one of the most entertaining things I have ever seen.
I am not going to tell you if Tiff was able to beat the One:1 or not, you’ll have to watch find that out, but I will say that regardless of the outcome, this is one great video to watch.
Volvo seems to be on a streak of making ridiculous and outlandish demonstrations for the commercial truck lineup. Remember Jean Claude Van Damme’s epic split while balanced between two Volvo FM trucks? Well that was supposed to showcase the truck’s tight steering. Now Volvo wants to show off the truck’s I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission. So how does the Swedish automaker do that? By racing a Koenigsegg One:1, of course.
The video above is a mere teaser for the big event happening November 11th when a Volvo FM commercial truck will race the 1,340-horsepower Koenigsegg One:1 supercar. Apparently this little test will help sell FM trucks to folks looking to beat a One:1…
While the test is a bit over-the-top, the point is to show how well and how quickly the truck’s dual-clutch transmission shifts. “Matching a Volvo FH against Koenigsegg One:1 is the perfect challenge to see if our newly launched I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission lives up to expectations in terms of driveability and driving comfort that comes with seamless gear shifting,” says Per Nilsson, PR Director at Volvo Trucks.
Doing the driving honors is British TV show Fifth Gear host Tiff Needell. Ground Zero for this epic test is the hilly and twisty Ring Knutstorp in southern Sweden. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for the full run down of November 11th’s events.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not old enough to even remember the 1960s TV show "The Saint." I do remember the movie with the same title starring Val Kilmer, although that one didn’t have a Volvo P1800, but "The Saint" TV show had one. More importantly, this particular P1800 is the same one Roger Moore used as his personal daily driver.
Yes. Roger owned the car he was driving on the show. As Jay Leno said in this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, “talk about low budget.”
But the P1800 is anything but “low budget.” It’s arguably one of the most famous TV cars of its generation, an opinion that Leno and fellow car enthusiast and auto journalist Matt Stone shared, among other things.
What makes this P1800 even more special is the pristine condition it’s in, despite being close to 50 years old. That’s a testament to the tireless and admittedly expensive restoration work put in by the car’s current owner; the self-described classic-car nerd, Bill Krzastek, who mortgaged his house to finance the purchase of this P1800.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a commitment to the cause. A slightly irrational one at that, but a commitment nonetheless.
If there was ever a company that needed some infusion of energy to its lineup, it’s Volvo.
Well, after years of toiling on Planet Bland, the Swedish automaker is seriously considering launching its name into the stratosphere after a recent report by Auto Bild indicated that the company is seriously considering a production run for the recently unveiled Concept Coupe.
According to Auto Bild, the concept’s reception at the Frankfurt Auto Show has made company execs enthusiastic about the idea of building a small run of production models for the concept vehicle that may or may not have the involvement of coach house Bertone.
Volvo hasn’t given any confirmation just yet, but you can expect a decision to come soon, possibly as early as the start of the next year. That should give Volvo plenty of time to consider the ramifications of ridding itself of the design complacency the company has been mired in for years.
We’re firmly aboard the belief that Volvo needs to take this plunge, if only to let its customers know that its serious about moving forward with a new design language that could usher in a new era for the brand and its models.
Here’s to hoping Volvo does the right thing and sign off on a production model for the Concept Coupe.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe
Shocking news this morning from Volvo! The 2013 Concept Coupe has looks to make a Camaro and M6 weep with envy, 400 horsepower via a plug-in, all-wheel-drive chassis, and gorgeous LEDs inside and out.
The Volvo cargo trucks will be loaded to the brim on the way to Frankfurt, as this is also the debut of the not-yet-seen XC90 replacement.
If the Concept Coupe’s intricate and taut surfacing, stunning proportions and cool new Maserati-style inverted grille make it to the XC90: Volvo’s American showrooms have quite the sharp new seven-passenger crossover on its way.
The VCC’s styling is really fantastic. It is great news for all fans of Swedish cars, with beauty as deep and marvelous as the Roman statues of the press photos. It shows a number of important steps in one single image, and gives Volvo’s semi-independent new company identity a goal at which to strive in the mainstream S60 segment, where the current model is lost in obscurity.
A feast of details about the VCC’s styling floods over you like the wave of relief, with a roof pillar layout that is almost as racy as the Nissan 350Z. A new portrait-style navigation system shows Volvo admires the Tesla Model S. Overflowing with good looks outside, the VCC is also quite potent underneath.
An all-new 2.0-liter engine up front is paired with a plug-in battery pack and a rear axle electric motor. Supercharged as well as turbocharged, the combined power outputs are 400 horsepower and 440 pound feet of torque.
Come see the future of Volvo after the jump, with a giant image gallery of the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe in all its glory.
If there’s one thing we can accuse Volvo of, it’s that the company has never been the type to value style over substance. As other automakers have taken immeasurable leaps to become more aesthetically appealing, Volvo continues to tread water, content on what it has at its disposal with little to none discernible outlook towards the future.
Everything changes, though, at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show because in Volvo’s own words, “The Vanilla Days are Over.”
To drive home this point, Volvo has released a teaser video of a mysterious concept that the company is promoting as the precursor for all of its upcoming transformative models. Though the details behind this concept are still being kept tight lipped, we can draw enough from the numerous teaser images that there really is something to this concept that we probably haven’t seen from Volvo in quite some time.
In one of the teaser shots, you can clearly identify that the absence of rear doors suggest that this concept could very well be a coupe. Parts of the front profile can also be seen in the other teaser video, showing hints of a vertical grille that we haven’t seen since the days of the classic Volvos. The large air intakes aren’t your typical Volvo designs, either, and do we even have explain why the headlight setup already looks far superior to anything we’ve seen from production Volvos in, like, forever?
Even the single shot of the rear gives us a hint of a potential name for the concept. There’s a big “C” badge that’s visible, possibly an indication that this concept will be called the Volvo C (fill-in-the-blanks)?
All our questions should have answers when the Frankfurt Motor Show opens its doors soon.
For now, click past the jump to watch Volvo’s Concept Trailer
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.
Although Volvo is a company built on safety, a car like the Volvo C30 is just a hot hatch begging for more power at a push of a button. The tuning house Lexmaul revealed today the new tuning kit for the Volvo C30 T5. For those who don’t know, the engine of the car develops 230, but for the folks who want more, Lexmaul offers an extra 30 hp through ECU tweaking.
At the beginning we said something about a button, and we didn’t forget. The power can be summoned through an installed "sport" button. When pressed, he engine’s computer goes to the setting for the extra 30 hp. Also a new suspension system is available, lowering the car with up to 30 millimeters. Price of the kit: $1,500.
The Volvo C30 is a very interesting new 2 door hatchback that was introduced on the US market in 2007. The C30 is the smallest Volvo available to date. It features the maker’s signature design elements in a concentrated shape. If you like Volvo’s curvy body style and over sized rear taillights you will love this car.
Introduced last year, the all-new Volvo C70 offers the best of both worlds. It’s a modern convertible with classic proportions, four comfortable seats and a three-piece retractable hardtop. The C70 can be transformed seamlessly from a coupe into a convertible. The retractable hardtop folds away quickly and smoothly into the trunk. Apart from the flexibility offered by the retractable hardtop it also makes for a quieter, more comfortable coupe. The large rear window glass offers outstanding (...)
The new Volvo C70 started its life as a coupe. Then the design team, headed by Fedde Talsma took the roof away. One car became two. "Both cars" are, however, among the leaders in safety and styling and fun to drive.
A convertible is usually designed as an open car. A roof is then crafted on to it, with a result that is not always pleasing to the eye. At Volvo Cars, the design team did exactly the opposite when working on the new C70. They created a sporty coupe and then converted (...)