Volvo has come out with a concept that pays tribute to the original P1800 from the 1960’s. The Volvo Concept Coupe is designed around a gasoline plug-in hybrid architecture and will feature a 2.0 liter engine with supercharger and turbo. Coupled with an electric motor driving the rear wheels the Concept Coupe is estimated to produce a very non-Volvo-like 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.
Also non-Volvo-like, the Concept Coupe features a powerful and aggressive stance that resembles a lot of Audi A5 and a little bit of Aston. Featuring integrated T-shaped LED DRL’s, this design provides a stylish distinction amongst other manufacturer’s lazy design attempts of incorporating LED’s (I’m looking at you 370Z)
The Concept Coupe is the first of three concept cars to come out showcasing the Scalable Product Architecture. What is SPA exactly? It’s Volvo’s way of saying “We are going to make our cars from now on. No more designing around cross-brand components.”
The design language in the Concept Coupe may not be sleep inducing, but based on Volvo’s vision of the state of transportation in 2020, perhaps you can consider napping in your modern P1800…
The Scalable Product Architecture is also being prepared for completely autonomous driving. The first features with autonomous steering to avoid accidents and make driving more comfortable will be introduced in 2014 – and Volvo Cars’ aim is to have cars with fully autonomous technology out on the roads before 2020.