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Volvo builds a Ford Focus RS beater - but it's only a concept for now

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The C30 2.0D disappoints, but 1.6D is very competitive. Nice, but flawed

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    Volvo C30 Polestar Concept

    Volvo builds a Ford Focus RS beater - but it's only a concept for now

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20 May 2010

I want one i mean it! Who would have thought? a 400bhp 4wd volvo hot hatch...

20 May 2010

Whilst I like these kind of fast cars, I really do not see the point. Nobody that could afford one is going to buy one when they can get an M3 for the same money or a Focus RS for less. Volvo make family cars, that is what they do .... when they try to move into areas like young and cool the image falls apart. Just like when you think large family estate you think Volvo or Merc if you are minted and Skoda if on a budget.

I know it is hard to tell engineers to concentrate on new folding seat mechanisms when in reality they want to make cars like this .... but Volvo has no chance of making lots of money selling cars like this (Polestar brand) cos the market will say, we don't need or want a 400bhp, £40k Volvo hatch.

20 May 2010

i would have one ,as i think the RS ford is a poor shoddy brand name, not interested. it would be a bargian to have something with more power and 4wd, and a cool brand model(volvo c30). Would have such a lot going for it for those wanting to be different (one of the definitions of cool) and not fancying an evo 400 or audi quattro model for similar prices.

20 May 2010

Mitsubishi sell a 4wd 400bhp car for £50k IIRC.

20 May 2010

and its very respected.

20 May 2010

It didn't start off as such though, the Evo 1 was much less powerful but also much cheaper, Volvo could possibly start by dropping 100bhp and trying to compete with the s3 which is more of a competitor imo than the rs. If they could undercut it slightly and provide good dynamics I think people would buy it. I would.

20 May 2010

the s3 is a kind of wildcard at the moment because its so bizzarely cheap, cheaper than a golf, as long as that price stays then yes its a good comparison car.

20 May 2010

I don't think it will increase too much due to the rs3 and inevitable full redesign of the a3 soon, I perceive Volvo to be just about up there in terms of class image as audi. can see people who wouldst own a rs buying the Volvo. I had a brand new focus for about 8 months, obviously not an rs but I was far from impressed with it as a whole package, more the fit and finish quality than anything but I wouldn't buy one with my own money, rs or not. Id snap your hand off for a s3 though

20 May 2010

Come on then FORD!, going to build an RS 500 4WD limited edition?, would that upset people who've ordered the RS 500 not so special ?

Peter Cavellini.

20 May 2010

the next standard RS is going to be 4wd.. it will be better than the RS500. for sure.

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