First Look: 2012 Volvo C70 Convertible

    Volvo is adding some more panache to its graceful C70 convertible at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year. In true L.A.-style, the Swedish carmaker is introducing the C70 Inscription that liberally applies luxury touches and a dash more power to the premium droptop.

    Volvo let Polestar rework the ECU to milk 250 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque from the turbocharged inline-five - a gain of 23 hp and 29 lb-ft - that will be routed through a five-speed automatic to the front wheels. Polestar was able to meet those gains without sacrificing the C70's 18/28 city/highway mpg by increasing the amount of air and fuel injected into the combustion chambers and advancing the spark timing.

    Yet the Inscription treatment involves more than just adding a little extra power underhood - predictably, the special-edition model also incorporates some unique cosmetic touches. Available only in Ice White or Black Sapphire Metallic (the latter is exclusive to the Inscription), Volvo has added black-gloss grille slats, LED daytime running lights, and chrome surrounds for the grille and headlights. Black-painted 18-inch Midir wheels are standard, as is a rear spoiler.

    Inside, the C70 Inscription isawash in Sovereign Hide leather trim with contrasting stitching. To further differentiate the trim, the Inscription model also includes unique headrests, a new handbrake lever, and bespoke floor mats.

    Volvo has yet to announce pricing for the C70 Inscription, but says that it will be a limited-production model. The 2012 C70 starts at $40,825; optioning a C70 T5 with the same equipment will run a cool $43,370. Volvo also offers an Inscription package for the S80 sedan, which includes similar upgrades for $1500 over the S80 T6 AWD's $42,175 base price.

    Expect to see full details on the C70 Inscription next week when it debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

    Related Articles