2006 Volvo C30 by Heico review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 1 November 2006 , 10:11:40 byEmil

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Volvo C30 by Heico

In cooperation with Volvo Cars North America, Heico Sportiv has created a versatile version of Volvo's new compact C30 model before the model hits the streets in North America.

The Volvo C30 T5 by Heico Sportiv was designed to appeal to urban driving enthusiasts who are just as passionate about their cars as they are about their time outdoors. With project partner Burton Snowboards in mind, Heico created a C30 concept that is at home in the city, as well as the switchbacks on the backcountry roads to the slopes.

One Car, Two Talents

The 2.5-liter turbocharged engine was upgraded to 300 bhp to achieve a refined, sporty feel on road. Equipped with all-wheel-drive, the C30 also promises excellent traction off-road. Adapting the electronic Haldex AWD system to the C30's electronic system was a strong challenge for Heico Sportiv engineers, but the system was fitted with perfect results. This goal was reached after weeks of detailed work.

Along with the AWD system, a specially designed and engineered suspension offers an additional 1 inch of ride clearance, and specially produced TOYO tires with a unique Heico tread pattern offer spectacular off-road performance. The tires, mounted on Heico's iconic Volutionz V. 8X18" sport-alloy wheels, raise the fun quotient even higher. After all, these tires are based on Toyo's R888 semi-slick performance tire. The Heico Sportiv sport suspension kit, carbon fiber strut tower bar, and 4-caliper high performance braking system (320mm front rotors) help make the C30 a true all-around performer.

The C30 concept car shows as well as it performs. The Heico C30's styling pays homage to the "XC-style" of the Volvo XC70 and XC90 models, paralleling some of the design features of both cars. The aggressive front end is dominated by the Heico Sportiv front grill and front bumper plate, which comes in handy while going off-road. Accentuated ducts in the front bumper allow more cool air to the engine and brakes, as well as accommodating high-performance fog lamps.

The rear bumper quotes the front, although in addition the middle section features four Heico sport tips on the high performance exhaust system (76mm each). These two components are complemented by specially designed side skirts and fender flares to round out the overall look. Making perhaps the most impact of all is the 7-stage "Heico ICE" camo paint scheme, an evocative, creative statement of outdoor winter activity and cutting-edge style.

The Engine
Featuring a ported and polished head, modified turbocharger, specially designed intercooler, electronic water injection, sport exhaust system, and custom ECU, the power of the 218 bhp T5 engine was modified to produce 300 bhp. Torque was increased to 310 lb-ft. Accordingly, the strong Swede runs the 0-60 mph distance in 5.5 sec. As with other U.S. Volvo models, the top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph. The five cylinder Volvo exhaust note: always there, but never disturbing. Thanks to a specially developed downpipe, race catalyst, sound pipe, and sport silencer with chrome exhaust tips, an incredible exhaust tone is achieved.

The Interior

The interior is well thought out and hand-crafted to a world class standard. The two-tone leather in "Alpha Gray" and "Sapphire Black" dominates the cabin. The silver stitching in particular makes a very special detail that accents the carefully crafted hides. Specially contoured front and rear seating, along with specially designed two-tone door panels highlight the full-leather dashboard and headliner in rich "lugano leather", a real treat for the senses.

The center console houses specially developed integrated cradles for the highly desirable iPOD Nano and the Motorola GPS-enabled "Q" phone. The bespoke feeling is completed with aluminum design features on the pedals, shift knob, center console, handbrake, and door pins.