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Clockwise from back: Heico Sportiv C30, Evolvo C30 and IPD C30

Just a few weeks after the Volvo C30's global unveiling at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, Volvo conjunction with three aftermarket tuning companies, unleashed the ultimate expressions its new hatchback at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) tradeshow in Las Vegas.

The three cars, all highly modified iterations of the C30, are the separate visions of Evolve Cars, Heico Sportiv and Burton Snowboards Here is just a glimpse of what each car is about:

Evolve C30
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The Evolve C30 is the ultimate street performer and track star with motorsport technology throughout. Power is the name of the game here, with 375kW of muscle thundering through all four massive tires.

Sophisticated race-inspired suspension, gigantic brakes and a screaming yellow high gloss paint scheme over wild body lines highlight the Evolve C30. Sequential twin turbos, exotic exhaust plumbing and an advanced heat exchanger promise eye-popping performance from this dream C30. Inside are highly bolstered seats, a safety structure and custom leather touches.

Heico Sportiv/Burton Snowboard C30
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A joint collaboration between German tuner Heico Sportiv and Burton Snowboards, this C30 promises those with an active lifestyle the ultimate lifestyle vehicle.

Fully drivable with 221kW and factory electronically controlled all-wheel drive, this dream C30 features a height adjustable suspension, custom cut Toyo tires and an incredibly complex six layer camouflage paint job that will let the car blend in to the mountain environment while still turning heads on the road. Inside, there's a portable GPS system and gleaming 2008 Burton snowboards and boots.

IPD Gallery

High tech and high style come through in the International Product Development (IPD) SEMA C30, all draped in the colors of the Swedish flag. Nothing like a little national pride to draw the crowds in Vegas.

Producing 285kW, the IPD C30 retains its factory front-drive layout and puts its best foot forward by offering up plenty of electronic fun and a thoroughly custom fabricated interior, highlighted by a touch screen in the floating center stack and a heads-up instrument display. But the icing on the cake is the fully functioning gull-wing style doors.

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