Monday, July 16, 2012

Volvo planning V40 Polestar with all-wheel drive, 280 hp

My View:

Alright so here is my take on the Volvo V40. I wanted more. I wanted a lot more. I understand they want to continue on the rest of the family design features but this looks like a shrunk down Volvo XC60, which to say the least I am not really a fan of. Its the back end that I do not like it is just too "Lumpy?" the V40 could be a way to gain my age group, the recent college graduate who see the     
point of a 5 door hatchback but do not want to drive a medium size SUV.  The current hatchback arena of competitors is fierce between the looks and driving ability of the VW GTI, Subaru STI and the new Ford Fiesta ST this does not have the power or the looks. What it does have is an appeal to 50 year old women. I am actually thankful this is not coming State side any time soon. 

Autoblogs View

If you read our recent First Drive of the 2013 Volvo V40, you no doubt remember our verdict: "If the V40 does not make it over to the U.S., then Volvo should issue guns to its entire executive staff so they can summarily shoot themselves in the foot."

Well, here's even more reason for the Swedes to bring us their smart looking C-segment hatchback: The Polestar version of the V40 it reportedly has planned for Europe. According to PistonHeads, Volvo will be announcing the hotted-up variant at the Paris Motor Show in September.

Polestar will take the forthcoming 254-horsepower V40 T5, a car that shares hardware with the 2013 Ford Focus ST, and give it all the kit we've been hoping for in a Focus RS, according to the report. Citing Volvo's UK director, PistonHeads says the V40 Polestar will have at least 280 hp and all-wheel drive, cost about £30,000 ($46,900), and come to market sometime next year.

From AutoBlog.Com