Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Volvo goes big with the creations at SEMA


Five years, five cars - as a commemoration to Volvo's fifth straight year at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) tradeshow, the Swedish manufacturer will show five highly modified versions of its vehicles.

The five vehicles are the XC70 Surf Rescue (SR), Heico Sportiv S80 T6 High Performance Concept, Heico Sportiv C30, Caresto C70 and Caresto Hot Rod.

The Volvo XC70, the S80 T6, the C70 Convertible and the C30 showcars are based on production versions, while the Hot Rod is a built-from-the-ground-up, totally custom vehicle using major Volvo components from the previous-generation S80.

Designed around the lifeguard vehicles seen on many California beaches, the 3.2l, 235bhp XC70 SR rides atop a 5-inch-lift suspension, oversized tires and heavily modified body panels. Inside is a full compliment of life-saving equipment and custom rescue surfboards. Similar to the XC70 SR, the Heico C30 is inspired by surfing; this time from the unique surf pattern inlay found on the C30's aluminium centre stack.

Aside from the striking orange designs on the outside, the 300bhp Heico C30 features a lowered stance, a fully custom body kit with integrated spoilers and larger air ducts while inside, bright orange, high-quality leather seats and interior trim make for one vibrant vehicle.

As for the S80 T6 HPC, the all-wheel-drive vehicle features a 350bhp E85 bioethanol T6 engine. Externally, there's a unique seven-layer "metal effect" paint scheme, while inside, a fully custom Mystic Blue leather interior with a sweeping aluminium centre stack arcs seamlessly from the top of the instrument panel to the rear bucket-style seats.

First shown at last year's SEMA show, the Caresto Hot Rod was so well received Volvo Cars brought it back for the 2007 show as a compliment to the Caresto C70 Convertible. Completely hand assembled from aluminium and carbon fibre, the Caresto Hot Rod features many Volvo parts, including the mid-engine, 311bhp V8 block.

Lastly, there's the Caresto C70, which has been built as a successor to the Caresto Hot Rod. This one has had its output ramped up to 278bhp, and the interior has been completely redone featuring hand-stitched chestnut leather. Body modifications include new front and rear clips with distinctive brushed aluminium inserts around the fog lights and custom exhaust ports.

Volvo worked with Heico Sportiv in Germany to build the S80 T6 HPC and C30, while Caresto was tapped to build the C70 and hot rod. The XC70 concept was conceived from the Volvo Cars design team and built by Aria, a concept car building firm located in Irvine, California.

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