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Volvo’s 257kW S3-fighter

2013-06-26 11:21

FASTEST VOLVO V40 YET: German tuning company Heico Sportiv has created a monster in the form of the Volvo V40 T5 HPC with 257kW and 510Nm. Image: Heico Sportiv

WEITERSTADT, Germany - Tuning company Heico Sportiv worked its magic to create the fastest Volvo V40 yet, making the Audi S3 Sportsback and Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG easy targets on the road.

The model's 2.5 five-cylinder engine, turbo, turbocharger, exhaust, intercooler and charge-air system have all been redesigned. Power has been increased from 187kW to 235kW and to as much as 257kW when the water-ethanol injection system is activated. Torque is boosted from 360Nm to 510Nm.

The performance kit also includes the tuner’s performance enhancement system.

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The Volvo V40 T5 High Performance Concept (HPC) is based on the four-wheel drive, V40CC T5.

Volvo had only one requirement for the tuner: “maximum performance without compromising any safety feature or Volvo’s iconic durability.”

Heico Sportive GM Holger Hedtke says:  “The V40 HPC has been designed as a series-producible vehicle, with approval for everyday use.

“The HPC combines the tuner and automaker’s individualisation program with a number of specially developed high-performance components.”

Volvo’s project manager Martin Müller says: “To attain maximum traction and, thereby, the best possible driving characteristics, we had to transmit power to all four wheels. As the V40 is only produced as a front-wheel drive, our natural choice was to go for the V40CC with all-wheel drive.”

0-100KM/H IN 5.6 SECONDS

According to the tuner, the water-ethanol injection system has three modes:
Level 1 (green) standard setting for 235kW
Level 2 (blue) opens the exhaust system flaps
Level 3 (blue, flashing) activates the water-ethanol injection system enabling the model to accelerates from 0-100km/h in 5.6 seconds to a top speed of 265km/h.

INTERIOR TWEAKS

The seats, door panels, sport steering wheel, gearshift and handbrake are adorned with green stitching. The tachometer, centre console and steering-wheel insets are finished in black trim. The tuner also added its illuminated stainless steel door sills.

The exterior has a striking black body kit including a spoiler and rear skirt. The body kit is made of lightweight, flexible polyurethane plastic. The body is painted in green with black stripes.

Volvo says this tuner version could "go into production given sufficient demand" but there are currently no plans to produce it. Pricing for the conversion in the UK is yet to be confirmed.
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