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 |  Aug 31 2010, 7:01 AM


Last month Heico teased us with renders of their upcoming Volvo S60 accessories and now those renders have become a reality. Heico Sportiv even goes so far as to say the Volvo S60 is sexy and not chivalrous, but we wouldn’t want to take away a car’s chivalry now would we? Regardless, the new generation Volvos aren’t the same ‘ol tanks your grandparents used to drive to keep your safe. They’re sporty and unique, offering a unique blend of styling and performance. And the fact that Heico specializes in tuning Volvos makes this S60 is an instant winner.

On the outside, Heico developed a two-part front spoiler that flows quite well with the stock body lines while giving the front end a sportier look. Oddly enough Heico didn’t develop any side skirts to match the front spoiler, but there is a rear diffuser that is much more aggressive and complements the quad-tipped exhaust system quite nicely. A carbon fiber inlay option is available for the body components.

Heico Sportiv also offers their e.motion line of ECU upgrades for the S60, bumping the 2.0T’s horsepower by 47-hp (over the factory 250-hp) and peak torque becomes 258 ft-lbs, a healthy 37 ft-lbs more than factory. The T6 can also receive an ECU upgrade bumping horsepower to 330-hp and torque to 339 ft-lbs. We’ve now become oddly interested in the S60, a viable opponent to BMW’s 335i and Audi’s S4.

Heico also offers lowering springs for the S60 and their VOLUTION wheel program in 18- to 20-inch sizes. Interior upgrades include aluminum pedals and gear shift knob. All of these goodies will be available starting September 18th at an authorized Heico distributor.

GALLERY: Heico Volvo S60

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Official press release available after the break.

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 |  Jul 26 2010, 1:52 PM


Volvo isn’t exactly at the top of every car builder’s wish list. But over the years we’ve seen some custom Volvos that truly impressed us. In a world full of predictable tuned imports and luxury cars, spotting a lowered Volvo with a killer set of wheels and clean body kit makes you think twice about the brand that has a reputation for safety and, consequently, for being boring. Take the Polestar Performance C30 concept for instance.

But Volvo’s marketing department is trying hard to change their reputation, branding the new 2011 S60 as a naughty sedan. And while we can’t quite judge just how naughty the S60 is yet, we are digging its unique outside styling that blends traditional Volvo with new-age sporty.

Heico is one of the premier tuners of Volvo automobiles and has a great S40 tuning package available. They’ve recently released renderings of what their S60 package will look like and we’re loving it. They specify that they currently are working on some light engine mods to bump horsepower output from the factory 300-hp to 325-hp not to mention a full body kit and suspension mods.

We’re left with illustrations for the time being, but we’re excited (as weird as that sounds) to see the finished product from Heico.

GALLERY: Heico Volvo S60

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 |  May 21 2010, 4:19 PM


K-Pax Racing, which runs the successful Volvo S60 team in the World Challenge GT series, is working with the Swedish automaker to offer a line of Volvo performance parts. The parts will be offered exclusively through certified Volvo dealers in both the U.S. and Canada, according to K-Pax Performance Cars president Peter Nielsen. Nielsen spoke with AutoGuide track-side at Mosport International Raceway where the team is competing in two races this weekend.

As exciting as this is for performance-minded Volvo owners, the best news is not just that the parts will be sold and installed by Volvo dealers, but that they will not void the factory warranty.

According to Nielsen the company will initially offer parts for the C30 as well as the new S60 model – with plans to expand beyond that depending upon customer feedback. The parts won’t just be limited to add-on spoilers and shift-knobs either. Instead, it will include intake and exhaust systems as well as upgraded suspension components. K-Pax has already built a modified C30 using its full performance package for that car, bumping horsepower from 227-hp to 300-hp – although this kit is likely to be detuned slightly to 280-hp when it hits the market.

If all goes as planned, K-Pax intends to offer the first parts for the C30 model this Fall.

 |  May 05 2010, 7:42 AM


It’s probably the most talked about Volvo in a decade (if not longer) and the Swedish automaker has just released a new video highlighting the many awesome aspects of the Polestar Performance C30 Concept. In case you missed our first post on this car, the extra spicy hatch is in many ways like the Ford Focus RS500 – with a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine making 405-hp and 376 ft-lbs of torque. It also gets AWD with font and rear limited slip differentials, Brembo brakes and an Ohlins suspension setup.

As for the look of the car, it’s based on the Polestar Racing STCC (Swedish Touring Car Championship) C30 race car. Polstar also offers a line of aftermarket parts for Volvo cars.

But why read when you can watch? The video takes us through many of the car’s impressive details, with interviews with Derek Crabb, Volvo’s vice president of powertrain engineering and the executive director of motorsports engineering, as well as Polestar managing director Christian Dahl.

See the video after the jump. Plus we’ve tossed in another video of the car on track.

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