The automotive community gathered at the Frankfurt Auto Show earlier this month for the official kickoff of what is expected to be one of the most exciting car model cycles in years: a strong combination of new vehicles, contemporary refreshes and a few surprises such as our Crazy Concept this week.
When we test drove the redesigned Volvo S60 T6 R-Design this spring, we were very impressed with the technical unctionality, agile performance and design improvements for the brand. At this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, Volvo showed off the first of three concepts meant to emphasize how far the Scandinavian brand is willing to go to compete in the already crowded luxury-performance field, the Concept Coupé.
The highly visceral Coupé’s aerodynamic engineering places the completely new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) design language front and center. Leaving behind the angular look of the current Volvo family, this dynamic two-door is full of emotion, from the overall styling and the sensual curvature of the side profile and sweeping bonnet to the next-generation lighting design which easily gives Benz or Audi a run for their money.
The Coupé’s SPA-based siblings will likely be unveiled during the Los Angeles, New York or Detroit auto shows; Volvo promises the first production model stemming from SPA, the XC90,will be released next year. A report issued by Germany’s Auto Bild earlier this week, however, revealed that executives within the company are considering a limited run of the Coupé based on the vehicle’s outstanding reception.
Under the hood, the deliciously sexy concept boasts a turbocharged and supercharged hybrid-performance powertrain that delivers 400 horsepower and an impressive 490 pound-feet of torque courtesy of a two-liter V4 with an additional electric motor sitting above the rear axle. Considering the details on the Volvo Polestar Concept last year at the L.A. Auto Show, we’re excited to see whether or not the aftermarket performance division transforms the Coupé into a racing powerhouse.