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Old 11-08-2011, 04:39 AM   #1
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  • Volvo starts to get serious about tuning options for some of its lineup, debuting Polestar tuning software for the C30, C70 and S40 with the T5 engine.
  • The tuning package is priced at $1,295 and goes on sale November 14.

ROCKLEIGH, New Jersey — Volvo is not the first name that springs to mind when it comes to tuning. But the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker is beginning to rectify that omission, saying on Monday that it will offer Polestar tuning software for the C30, C70 and S40 models with the T5 engine.
The tuning package is priced at $1,295 and goes on sale November 14. It adds 23 horsepower by increasing airflow to the combustion chambers and advancing spark timing.
The automaker said that this is the first time it is offering factory-authorized performance tuning software. The package retains the original manufacturer warranty, "so customers no longer need to take risks with 'chip tuning,'" Volvo Cars of North America said in a statement.
"Our performance-oriented customers have told us they wanted a tuning option for their vehicles," said Chris Dauerer, Volvo Cars of North America vice president of customer service.
Inside Line says: A key announcement for Volvo, on the heels of the 2011 SEMA Show.

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Old 11-08-2011, 07:19 AM   #2
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:29 AM   #3
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We'll have to wait and see. How can they get away with giving customers access to software that could easily result in emissions problems and warranty claims? Sounds almost too good to be true, besides the price at least.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:22 AM   #4
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We'll have to wait and see. How can they get away with giving customers access to software that could easily result in emissions problems and warranty claims? Sounds almost too good to be true, besides the price at least.


GM has a large array of such tuning devices and at a fraction of the cost of almost any AM tuning device we are familiar with here. This is nothing new, just new for volvo.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:34 AM   #5
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GM has a large array of such tuning devices and at a fraction of the cost of almost any AM tuning device we are familiar with here. This is nothing new, just new for volvo.
Now you're talking about reflashers (Bullydog, whatever).

Maybe I'm not understanding the article. Is this a reflash you can buy, like BMW is releasing for the 3 series? Or the Mopar ECU you could get for an SRT-4? Or is this an actual software package you can use to tune your own car? The latter doesn't make a lot of sense to me--why would an OEM offer this?

It's got to be a canned "stage 1" tune. I must have misunderstood what I was reading.
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:07 AM   #6
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Now you're talking about reflashers (Bullydog, whatever).

Maybe I'm not understanding the article. Is this a reflash you can buy, like BMW is releasing for the 3 series? Or the Mopar ECU you could get for an SRT-4? Or is this an actual software package you can use to tune your own car? The latter doesn't make a lot of sense to me--why would an OEM offer this?

It's got to be a canned "stage 1" tune. I must have misunderstood what I was reading.

Yeah, it's probably a crappy translation that came up with the term "tuning software", this has to be a canned stage 1 tune. Why else would it offer an exact amount of hp gain?

Pretty weird that Volvo has never offered something like this before...
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:37 AM   #7
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Now you're talking about reflashers (Bullydog, whatever).

Maybe I'm not understanding the article. Is this a reflash you can buy, like BMW is releasing for the 3 series? Or the Mopar ECU you could get for an SRT-4? Or is this an actual software package you can use to tune your own car? The latter doesn't make a lot of sense to me--why would an OEM offer this?

It's got to be a canned "stage 1" tune. I must have misunderstood what I was reading.
At $1,300 it better damn well come with a device
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:13 AM   #8
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Can we still get S40s?
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:36 AM   #9
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Default 2012 Volvo C30 T5 R-Design with Polestar - First Drive



An infusion of Polestar power perks up the C30, and other Volvo models as well.

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We’ve always had a special fondness for the C30, Volvo’s agile turbocharged 4-seater whose mini-wagon roofline and glass hatch harken back to the P1800ES of the 1970s. And now the C30 can be had with extra helpings of attitude and power—the former courtesy of this year’s available R-Design package, the latter from an ECU professionally reflashed by Volvo’s performance partner, Polestar Racing.

2012 Volvo C30 T5 R-Design




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Earlier this year, Polestar had a hand in fortifying the S60 R-Design’s turbocharged inline-6 to the tune (quite literally) of 325 bhp and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. Yet for 2012, Polestar performance packages are offered as a stand-alone option, the reflash taking place at either the port or dealership. It’s a 10-minute procedure, done through the car’s OBD II diagnostic plug, that increases turbo boost and alters ignition advance and fuel delivery to offer significant increases in power: the turbo inline-5 engines (C30 T5, C70 T5) see gains of 23 bhp and 29 lb.-ft. of torque, while the turbo inline-6s (S60 T6, XC60 T6 and XC70 T6) up the ante by an additional 25 bhp and 30 lb.-ft. of torque. EPA figures remain untouched, and packages exist to update most Volvos dating back to model year 2008. Best of all, Volvo’s powertrain warranty remains fully intact, this in large part justifying the cost: $1295 for T5s and $1495 for T6s. Fellow Volvo drivers will know you’ve taken the Polestar plunge by the square blue decklid badge with discreet “Polestar” lettering along its lower edge.

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Performance by Design…R-Design, That Is
The C30’s R-Design package shores up the C30’s chassis to better cope with the optional Polestar power, with 30 percent stiffer springs and more aggressive low-speed shock damping. Additionally, the steering rack mounts to the unibody through stiffer bushings, and features a 10-percent quicker ratio. Naturally, there cosmetic enhancements that accompany the firmed and toned underpinnings—a body kit with a deeper front valance, wheel lip and rocker-panel extensions, plus an exotic rear fascia that shrouds the fat twin tailpipes to great effect. A set of chunky 5-spoke alloys, painted silver but with machined spoke surfaces, complete the look.

2012 Volvo C30 T5 R-Design




Thankfully, the C30 R-Design is no paper tiger; it’s a blast to drive. The “Polestar bump” in the torque curve is felt strongly at middle rpm, where the Pirelli P Zero Nero tires (215/45R-18) fight for grip with minimal torque steer. According to Volvo, the enhanced C30 sprints to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, an improvement of 0.3 sec. The 6-speed shifter is precise and light in action, without feeling flimsy; and the steering weights up agreeably with increasing lock, the wheel itself a substantial thick-rimmed piece. The wheels-at-the-corners feel combined with the suspension that’s firm yet not punishing give this C30 a well-planted feel that’s agile as well. And when you’re not homing in on that next apex, you can enjoy the uncluttered, sensible elegance that characterizes all Volvo interiors, the trademark floating center console and bold 2-dial instrument cluster. The entry-level C30 R-Design starts at $27,450, with a fully loaded model (including Polestar) exacting a toll of around $33,000.

2012 Volvo C30 T5 R-Design




Elsewhere in the Lineup
As mentioned, models other than the C30 profit from the Polestar upgrade. But the R-Design package now extends to the all-wheel-drive XC60 T6, Swedish foe of the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. In addition to the Polestar-fortified 325 bhp and 354 lb.-ft. of torque, the XC60 T6 R-Design wears 20-in. “Cratus” wheels, a suitably sporty color-match body kit, and satin metallic interior accents in the steering wheel, door panels and center stack. R-Design models of the XC60 start at $43,700 and top out at $48,150.

2012 Volvo C30 T5 R-Design




Though not technically an R-Design model, the new C70 Inscription has a special look and feel, a nice shot in the arm to an aging though still desirable retractable hardtop. Our test cars were painted in a stunning Black Saphire metallic (the other Inscription color is Ice White) with the perfect complement—18-in. black-painted “Midir” wheels with machined spoke surfaces. Other Inscription niceties are an indulgent stitched leather dash, active xenon headlights, a gloss black grille and aluminum sport pedals. The Polestar upgrade is also included in the $3900 package, which brings the total price to $44,350. Just 500 of the 2000-car production run will be brought to North America.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:23 AM   #10
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So, you can get a Polestar Volvo C30 R-Design for $33,000, or get a Mazdaspeed3 for $23,000, or get an STi for $33,000.........
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It pretty much is a mazdaspeed 3 isn't it? Just a heavier version with less tuning room as from what I read about this car it has weak internals and trans.
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So, you can get a Polestar Volvo C30 R-Design for $33,000, or get a Mazdaspeed3 for $23,000, or get an STi for $33,000.........

I'll take the MS3 all day, thanks.

I love the C30, but I can't justify the price.
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It pretty much is a mazdaspeed 3 isn't it? Just a heavier version with less tuning room as from what I read about this car it has weak internals and trans.
The MS3 has much stiffer bushings everywhere. The C30 is more like the old Focus ST which we never got.



SilverSubaab pretty much nails it with the pricing. The Volvo is, no doubt, the nicest car of the 3 to be inside of.. but then you could always just get a GTI and mod it for far less.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:16 AM   #14
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Pretty steep price for 23 hp. I have a diesel C30 and for about £300-400 I can get a tune that adds 40 hp and about 50 ft.lbs of torque.

I agree with the rest of you, a new C30 is really expensive but a used one can be had for a decent price.
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:06 AM   #15
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http://www.roadandtrack.com/tests/up...star-volvo-c30
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Dear Volvo, Do not build this car. Your friends, Evo & STI

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Having been off the U.S. market’s performance radar for some time, Volvo is dipping its tread back into the enthusiast pool with the respectably fleet S60 and the expanding R Design range. Polestar, Volvo’s official Motorsports partner in Sweden, prefers the cannonball approach.

We’re referring to this one-off Polestar Volvo C30, a cool blue hatch sporting a derivative of Volvo’s T5 turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5 that spits out 405 bhp when consuming high-test European-grade fuel (detuned to 380 bhp for California’s 91 octane). That power is routed through a 6-speed manual and a 4th-generation Haldex all-wheel-drive system replete with Quaife limited-slip differentials front and rear. Ordinarily these “tuner specials” are a bit of a handful, but the Polestar C30 is extremely well sorted. It hooks up and explodes into any direction you point, with just the right amount of wheel slip and no trace of torque steer.

The car hits 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and threads through our 8-cone slalom at 72.5 mph. And it’s more impressive when you consider that Polestar has built the car almost entirely with off-the-shelf Volvo parts (save for the 15.0-in. front/13.0-in. rear Brembo brakes, forged 19-in. BBS wheels and Öhlins’ suspension). The floorpan didn’t even need to be modified to accommodate the “bolt-in” all-wheel-drive system!

The bespoke nature of this particular Polestar C30—with its Touring Car-derived aerodynamics and custom interior swathed in Ternsjö leather and Alcantara—makes it hard to put a price on, but a line of Polestar performance parts is already available at select Volvo dealers.

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The MS3 has much stiffer bushings everywhere. The C30 is more like the old Focus ST which we never got.



SilverSubaab pretty much nails it with the pricing. The Volvo is, no doubt, the nicest car of the 3 to be inside of.. but then you could always just get a GTI and mod it for far less.
I would rather have this than a GTI TBH.


Also that last one posted, the AWD version will never be made. The C30 is considered to be a failure at least in the American market they will not build a high performance version like that. Thought it owuld be nice. I like the sound of the I5.

That and the Juke R, not happening.
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The nice thing about Volvo C30 is that you can buy it for roughly 1750 less than MSRP (including destination charge) if you do OSD (OverSeas Delivery).
2 tickets to Europe are included along with one night in Gothenburg.

Check this:

http://www.flyvolvo.com/

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The more I see the C30 on the road, the more I want one! Just waiting on a bit more aftermarket parts...
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The more I see the C30 on the road, the more I want one! Just waiting on a bit more aftermarket parts...
It is a beautiful car IMO, they need more than aftermarket parts though.

There are things you can do like put a Focus RS turbo on it i've read on the volvo forums. Though I always read there how weak the trans is which scared me away from that car.

General rule seemed to be if you power mod a volvo the trans WILL break.
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Thr C30 R-Design should be 300 ponies like the Focus rs was.
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It is a beautiful car IMO, they need more than aftermarket parts though.

There are things you can do like put a Focus RS turbo on it i've read on the volvo forums. Though I always read there how weak the trans is which scared me away from that car.

General rule seemed to be if you power mod a volvo the trans WILL break.
That is true for a lot of cars, even the WRX. Personally the more I drive my C30 the more I love it. It has such a solid build quality and a planted feel about it. With all the creature comforts it is a great car.
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If the trans will break... then upgrade the trans.

I want to see a T6+AWD drivetrain in a C30. That would be epic.

I'd consider any AWD C30 as a commuter. More power would make it easier to consider.
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I got this on my S60 T6....the difference is REALLY noticeable. Throttle response and shifting are VERY much improved.
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Is this software like Cobb street tuner? That would be cool.
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Looks like Obama behind that wheel.

The new C30 actually looks nice and sporty.Im digging it. Way to go,Vulva!
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