Are their secret supplications in a Volvo owner’s heart to own a sports car? Well, maybe like the tweaks to the C30 that make it more responsive they are largely hidden from view.
What aren’t hidden in the latest Volvo that debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show are the monochrome body cladding, lowered ride height, 17 or 18-inch wheels, chrome exhaust tips, spoiler and the requisite R badges.
Volvo says the new chassis is considerably sharper, with stiffer spring rates, more responsive properties. While the car’s “in your face” body kit and design cues are easy to see, it is the chassis and the steering that have been the crux of development work.
In short, this is a classic collection of tuner tweaks, minus an engine upgrade.
“The new R-Design chassis builds further on the success of the sport chassis introduced in the Volvo S80 earlier in 2009. Although the actual properties differ between these two cars, we’ve had plenty of good experience on which to build further in the Volvo C30,” says Stefan Sällqvist, manager Vehicle Dynamics at Volvo Cars.