11 November 2003

Volvo is preparing a tarmac-shredding alternative to the forthcoming Audi S3 and BMW 1-series – the S40 R.

With around 300bhp and four-wheel drive, insiders talk of 0-60mph in 6.0sec and a 155mph top speed. The V50 estate will also get the R pack, both sharing the S60 R’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo.

More extreme styling was hinted at in this new sports kit shown at Frankfurt.

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