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Old 11-01-2006, 12:05 PM   #1
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Default A Trio of Volvo C30s at SEMA

Volvo C30 by Heico Sportiv and Burton Snowboards Unleashed at 2006 SEMA Show



Radically Reborn and Geared for Outdoor Adventure
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 31 -- If the thought of crisp mountain air, fresh powder and breathtaking vistas isn't enough to set your mind racing, the Volvo C30 concept by Heico Sportiv and Burton Snowboards will. Customized, sport tuned and outfitted for active lifestyles, this one-of-a-kind show car embodies the snowboarding spirit of living life to the fullest.
This cool ride is aimed at driving enthusiasts who are just as passionate about their cars as they are about the great outdoors. Never willing to settle for the norm, their quest for adventure knows no bounds. Conquering the halfpipe, pushing the limits at board parks or heading for the backcountry is what it's all about. Since their clothing, choice of music and attitude defy convention, so too does this spin on Volvo's new sport compact.
Heico, the premier Volvo tuner in Europe, partnered with Burton Snowboards, the world's leading snowboard company, for the C30 project. The cargo compartment is tricked out with an integrated snowboard storage system complete with boot, helmet and gear storage units. 2008 Burton Vapor snowboards, C60 bindings and SL-10 boots will also be showcased with the concept car. Custom blue LED lighting makes the gear glisten in the dark like so many snowflakes on a moonlit winter night.
At home on the switchbacks or the road to the slopes, the Heico/Burton C30 concept is part Paris-Dakar raider, part efficient weekend gear hauler and part stylish, sporty performer. It wears a Heico-Ice 7-stage pearl-effect paint scheme with a wicked "camo" theme. Heico's custom fabricated full body kit adds a unique front fascia with "cornering" fog lights, a sport grille, side skirts and fender flares plus a rear skirt with integrated diffuser panel.
Heico energized the C30's powerplant with an extra rush of adrenaline. Volvo's 2.5-liter Euro-spec engine is fitted with performance enhancements including a modified Borg-Warner turbo and wastegate and air-to-air intercooler with electronically adjusted water injection, all managed by Heico's power upgrade ECU. Spent exhaust gases are routed through a Metal racing catalyst mated to Heico's stainless steel sport exhaust finished with quad-tip pipes.
With an estimated 300 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 310 lb.-ft. of torque on tap, long drives to the wilderness are transformed from a routine chore to an extreme sport. When the traffic clears, downshift the 6-speed manual gearbox, put the pedal to the metal and ear-to-ear grins are guaranteed. Of course, Volvo recommends that the driver observe all posted speed limits.
Right out of the box, the stock C30 channels the engine's torque to the front wheels. Thinking outside the box, Heico transformed the show car to full-time all-wheel drive. By no means is this a slam-dunk conversion. Serious engineering work was needed to get it right.
Heico collaborated with the pros at Haldex of Sweden, world-renown for their track record as an OEM supplier of AWD components to Volvo Cars. The C30 concept is fitted with electronically controlled AWD with custom software integration that automatically transfers more power to the wheels with the best grip. The benefits on slippery surfaces are obvious, yet AWD also improves handling on completely dry roads.
Active enthusiasts expect flexibility as well as performance. So this special C30 is decked out with front and rear Heico coil-over suspension that's adjustable for ride height. Carving corners with glee while turning heads in the process is the job of Volution(R) 8 x 18-inch sport alloy wheels shod with Toyo R888 245/40R-18 tires. In between the action, scope out the custom designed Heico pattern on the tread.
Because all good rides have to come to an end, stomping on the binders brings the C30 to a stop with authority. The brakes feature Heico 4-piston calipers with 320mm custom vented and slotted rotors in front and 285mm kits in the back. A vibrant blue hue has been applied to the calipers for a totally rad look.
The cabin has the look and feel of premium quality materials. Modified Volvo sport bucket seats are trimmed with handcrafted "Lugano" leather in black and alpaca gray hides with gray stitching and embossed with the Burton logo. Heico further enhanced the interior with its aluminum sport pedals and footrest, shift knob, e-brake handle, door pin set and floor mats. The thick-rimmed steering wheel with auxiliary controls is trimmed to match the seat upholstery.
The real kicker is the custom leather center console featuring integrated iPOD(TM) and MOTO Q units plus Motorola Bluetooth hands-free system. Volvo's Premium Sound System delivers 650 watts through 10 Dynaudio(R) speakers. Dolby(R) Pro Logic II Surround sound reproduces audio tracks with such clarity it's like taking your favorite band along for an awesome journey to the slopes.
Heico Sportiv was founded outside of Frankfurt, Germany in 1995. It has grown to become Europe's leading Volvo tuning firm. Heico has the longest running history of endurance racing featuring Volvo cars spanning 12 years. This serves as the engineering basis for offering high-quality components for Volvo road cars. Please refer to www.heicosportivna.com for more information.









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Old 11-01-2006, 01:09 PM   #2
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Wow.. it's a 'What Not To Do' showcase! Well, nothing wrong with the urban camo.
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:26 PM   #3
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"Damn! That's a fat ass!"

I don't like the urban camo, but 300HP/310TQ in a hatch with AWD gets a thumbs-up in my book. Why would they do a gull-wing though?
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:28 PM   #4
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Don't care for the evolve one at all. Prefer the camo one by Heico. Adding AWD puts the c30 on top of my next car list (with the next wrx possibly there as well). Too bad it's not going to be offered with it.

The added power is nice too.
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:31 PM   #5
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those are some ugly cars.
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:55 PM   #6
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I like the yellow one, although it's a little too "slammed".
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Old 11-01-2006, 02:22 PM   #7
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The yellow one has the awesomeness.

Volvo is tempting me with this model... I'll definatly have to test drive one.
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Old 11-01-2006, 03:45 PM   #8
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I'm not wild about camo paint, but a simple (like Subaru) full time AWD system would make that car a real contender for me (especially in, say, red)
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Me gusta mucho. Its a nice direction taken by Volvo.

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Old 11-01-2006, 06:39 PM   #10
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I'm not wild about camo paint, but a simple (like Subaru) full time AWD system would make that car a real contender for me (especially in, say, red)
Is there any indication they're going to do an AWD model? Will the platform accomodate it? I too think it's a pretty hot car and would be interested if it was a high performance AWD.
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ROFL at marketing-based, fashion-y niche BS like this:

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If the thought of crisp mountain air, fresh powder and breathtaking vistas isn't enough to set your mind racing, the Volvo C30 concept by Heico Sportiv and Burton Snowboards will. Customized, sport tuned and outfitted for active lifestyles, this one-of-a-kind show car embodies the snowboarding spirit of living life to the fullest.
This cool ride is aimed at driving enthusiasts who are just as passionate about their cars as they are about the great outdoors. Never willing to settle for the norm, their quest for adventure knows no bounds. Conquering the halfpipe, pushing the limits at board parks or heading for the backcountry is what it's all about. Since their clothing, choice of music and attitude defy convention, so too does this spin on Volvo's new sport compact.
Just f-ing stupid. Pontiac thought they would do the same thing with the Aztek. That went well, didn't it?

Anyway, these are silly. It would be cool if Volvo made AWD a factory option or something, but otherwise, these have so little to do with snowboarding or 'the lifestyle' that it is just laughable. At best some rich kid from the bay will want something like this to spinout in on his once-or-twice-a-year run up to Tahoe or something. Otherwise, these are Starbuck's parking lot poseur cars. Go to a ski town. Look at what people are driving.
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Is there any indication they're going to do an AWD model? Will the platform accomodate it? I too think it's a pretty hot car and would be interested if it was a high performance AWD.
If I remember it's ont he same platform as the S/V 40/50 and the MkII Focus, so yes it can use all wheel drive. What kind of all wheel drive is another question.
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You have to realize that these cars were built for SEMA. Of course it's going to be out of taste for a lot of people.

Although I think adding a hatch is a weird move for Volvo, I am really impressed with the way they designed the car. If there was anyway I could afford a Volvo, I would buy either the S40 or this C30.
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Way to take a nice car and **** it up.
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I like the camo one. Put a little lift on it (assuming it has AWD) and it would be hellafun on some dirt roads and fields.

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Haldex? How much fun could that be?
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these are awesome lil hatchies
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C30 warms up for hot hatch battle
Take one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated compact family cars, add the engine of a hot hatch, the ability of an off-roader and round it all off with Volvo’s reputation, and what have you got? A 300bhp, four-wheel-drive superhatch... and Auto Express is the only magazine to have got behind the wheel.


Although this model has been lifted by 30mm to accommodate S40 suspension components, you’d never know it inside – it barely makes any difference to your view of the road ahead.
Although German tuning company Heico built this XC30 for Volvo, the machine gives a brilliant insight into what the Swedish firm’s top C30R-spec model will be like to drive.

The XC30 borrows heavily from the standard C30 T5. Beneath the bonnet, there’s the 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine from the Ford Focus ST. But Heico has binned the low-pressure turbo in favour of a high-pressure unit. So instead of a sensible 0.5 bar of boost pressure, it pumps out 1.2 bar. There’s also water injection for the intercooler to lower temperatures and increase power even further. The bottom line is a hike from 217bhp to 300bhp.

In the process, Heico has also fitted the four-wheel-drive system used on the V50 AWD estate. The result is that when you floor the throttle, all that power goes straight to the tarmac, and the little hatchback rockets forward in a much more controlled manner than the standard front-wheel-drive model.

On paper, the XC30’s 5.9-second 0-62mph time is just over a second faster than the T5, but from a standstill you barely register that you’ve let the clutch out before the engine is roaring a request for second gear. The sound is appropriately throatier, with an entirely new exhaust system which has been tuned to both the character of the five-cylinder engine and the sportier nature of the car. It not only looks the part, with four chromed tailpipes peeking out from under the rear bumper, but when you back off the throttle, the popping and banging sound great.

The motor feels extremely responsive, too, with its 300bhp. Yet crucially, it hasn’t lost any of the good manners which have made it such a success under the bonnet of the Focus ST. The smooth-revving unit’s delivery is consistent, and feels perfectly matched to the Volvo’s modified chassis.

Although this model has been lifted by 30mm to accommodate S40 suspension components, you’d never know it inside – it barely makes any difference to your view of the road ahead. And Heico spent considerable time fine-tuning the handling at the famous Nürburgring circuit in Germany, so from behind the wheel, it certainly doesn’t feel like an unwieldy SUV, or even a badly modified hot hatchback.

In fact, the way it grips the road isn’t too far removed from the standard car. There’s communicative steering, and despite the taller ride height, hardly any body roll. But while it’s perfectly predictable, it doesn’t urge you to push the car to the limit, as a truly sporting machine might.

On the plus side, that gives more time to appreciate the changes that have been made to the cabin. The interior has been tweaked rather than changed significantly. The electrically adjustable seats remain, which is a shame, because taller drivers can’t get low enough behind the steering wheel. On the upside, the chrome effect around the floating centre console and on the gearlever has been polished, which lifts the cabin ambience. Otherwise the interior has been completely decked out in dark leather, which lends it the feel of a grand tourer rather than a full-on sports car.

And then there’s the paint job. From a distance, you would think that the car was covered in stickers, but it’s not. The XC30 has been through the paint shop seven times to get the chrome, silver and white camouflage effect. This colour scheme is a one-off for this machine, though, and is unlikely to make production.

What’s under the skin of the XC30 is certainly no flight of fancy, though. It was commissioned by Volvo North America for the SEMA modified car show which opened in Las Vegas this week. But as a test bed for the C30R, it makes a fine starting point.
I really want to like the C30 but my only problem is the freaking huge expansive one piece plastic dash.

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