Volvo Dealers to Offer Polestar Software Upgrades on Select Models

Polestar, Volvo‘s racing outfit founded in 1996 for competition in the World Touring Car Championship, will finally be introduced in the United States.

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405-HP Volvo Polestar Performance C30 Concept Detailed in New Video

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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Volvo Polestar Performance Concept is the C30 of Our Dreams [with Video]

Let’s get this right out in the open: Why do the Swedes get all the fun? How awesome is this Volvo C30 “Performance Concept” prototype? It packs a 405 horsepower and 376 ft-lbs turbocharged 5-cylinder T5 motor (similar to the one used in the Ford Focus RS500), all-wheel-drive, front-and-rear limited slip differentials, Öhlins suspension components, Brembo brakes, and, yeah…you get the idea.

The body kit is similar to the one used on the — defending champion — Polestar Racing STCC (Swedish Touring Car Championship) C30 race car. Polestar Racing is the official partner of Volvo Cars in the STCC and is used to winning on the track. Polestar Performance Power Operations is an aftermarket line of upgrades sold through the Volvo dealer network — and it appears they’ve applied a bunch of their tricks here.

It’ll be unveiled in full at the Gothenburg Motorshow, held from April 22-25 2010.

Full specs (in slightly broken English) and a video of the heavenly-sounding Polestar Racing STCC Volvo C30 embedded after the jump!

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