Premium is no longer a matter of size and since Volvo have launched the
Ford Focus-based C30, the club of noble hatchback compact cars has not only got
a new member, it has also got its first non-German one.
No doubt, the newcomer
is a designer piece, and that's doubtlessly one of those things which
being eligible for a membership needs! But it did not keep the Volvo tuners of MR Sweden
Motorsport from modifying it. With a body kit including a roof spoiler and the ASA
five-spoke wheels in 18inch, MR plays the racy card.
Noticeable lowering by an adjustable suspension underscores that perso-
nality. 225 is
the rate for the maximum in speed as well as for the power output - in kilometers
per hour and horsepower respectively. The tuned diesel motor of the compact Volvo
accelerates it in 7.5sec to the maximum speed for German country roads:100kph. From
a standstill, of course!
Apart from a sports air filter, the extra power of 40hp is an
outcome of a changed engine control. The press release claim that the diesel
consumption is around eight litres per 100 kilometers, under racy use! However we
suppose achieving the rate presupposes that the vehicle is not driven the provoking
way it looks like.