Can Volvo Make a Comeback? Meet the New Volvo Coupe Concept
September 3rd, 2013 by Road Test TV
One of the most beautiful cars to ever come from Swedish automaker Volvo’s stable was the P1800. It was a sexy coupe that had a mixture of design cues from the Jaguar E-Type and a touch of Aston Martin. The model also had a cult following with fans still putting miles on their sexy Swedish coupe.
One of the most popular ones is a New Yorker by the name of Irv Gordon who has spent a total of almost 12 years behind the wheel of his P1800 S and is now aiming for 3,000,000 miles on the same engine. He has currently driven 2.5 miles.
It goes without saying that Volvo has lost that kind of panache and has gone down the route of becoming known as a ‘safe’ choice. Well, it seems like Volvo is hoping to make a little bit of a come back. At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show later this month, Volvo will show its new Coupe Concept.
“The Volvo Coupe Concept is no futuristic dream car,” says Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath. “It is designed to demonstrate the capability of our new architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognize the connection instantly when it is revealed next year.”
He went onto say “The new Volvo Coupé Concept reveals how we could shape our cars from now on. Free from the superficial surface excitement of other car brands, we add emotional value to the Volvo brand with the calm, confident beauty that is the hallmark of Scandinavian design.”
Powertrain wise, the Volvo Coupe Concept is powered by a gasoline plug-in hybrid that uses a powerful 4-cylinder engine with a supercharger and a turbo. The engine is mated to an electric-motor that moves the rear axel and assists in producing a total of around 400-hp.
So will we ever see the Volvo Coupe Concept enter production? Possibly – but we doubt it’ll happen any time soon. However, we will see some design cues trickle down into Volvo’s lineup.