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Details and pricing for Volvo‘s 2012 C70 Inscription package have finally been announced with pricing set at $3,900 for the package and will be limited to just 500 units in North America, 2,000 in the world.
The C70 Inscription adds subtle modifications to Volvo’s C70 hardtop convertible, adding horsepower, torque, plus interior and exterior accessories. Performance tuning to the Engine Control Module is exclusive to North America and is provided by Polestar, a Swedish racing and performance products company partnered with Volvo.
The result is 23-hp more and 37 lb-ft torque more, bringing the grand total to 250-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the performance, US C70 Inscription owners will also get a set of 18-inch Midir wheels in a polished / gloss back finish, leather-covered dash with contrasting stitching, active dual Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights with chrome trim, a new front grille in a glossy black finish, a rear spoiler and aluminum sport pedals in the interior.
The Volvo C70 Inscription will only be available in two colors: Ice White and Black Sapphire Metallic. It will go on sale during the first quarter of next year.
GALLERY: Volvo C70 Inscription
Limited to just 2,000 vehicles worldwide, Volvo has announced that it’ll be showing off the new C70 Inscription Edition at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. The C70 Inscription Edition features a painted front grille, black 18-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights surrounded by chrome, while the interior gets Sovereign Hide upholstery, a leather dashboard and aluminum trim.
The special edition Inscription model is available with all engine combinations for the Volvo C70, but is limited to just three exterior colors: Black Stone, Black Sapphire and Ice White.
What will be even more interesting is whether or not Volvo announces plans for the C70 model line since the company is shutting down its Uddevalla plant in Sweden where the car is currently produced.
GALLERY: Volvo C70 Inscription Edition
Volvo has a history of getting into bed with Italian coachbuilders for some of its more exclusive models, first Bertone and then Pininfarina.
In 2003, Volvo and the latter launched a joint venture, to build the former company’s second generation C70 retractable hardtop/convertible at a dedicated factory in Uddevalla, Sweden.
However, that arrangement is now coming to an end; Volvo stating that it will assume full control of Pinnfarina’s Swedish operations in May 2013.
Research group JATO dynamics said sales of the C70 were down by some 1.7 percent last year, versus 2009; only 4,703 examples were sold for 2010.