Though the R-Design model looks hot, this C30 will match the appearance with substantial power.; We hear most mechanical bits will be shared with the new 2009 Ford Focus RS, meaning the sporty C30 will likely gain the RS’ 300-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged I-5.; In contrast, the current C30 uses a similar engine, but produces only 227 hp.
While both the RS and the C30 use the same Ford C1 platform, Volvo’s hot hatch splits from its Focus RS brethren in drivetrain.; While the Focus RS was relegated to front-wheel-drive to save both weight and money, Volvo’s opting for an all-wheel-drive system designed by Haldex instead.
In addition to the go-fast goodies, Volvo may also equip the car with 20-inch alloy wheels, a new body kit, sports seats, and a heavy-duty brake system.
While we like the possibility of a C30 equipped with Focus RS parts, we’re not sure it’ll arrive on our shores anytime soon.; Volvo’s limiting production to only 4500 examples, and a good forty percent of that number will be allocated to Britain alone.