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2013 Volvo Concept Coupe – the modern P1800

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2013 Volvo Concept Coupe – the modern P1800

2013 Volvo Concept Coupe – the modern P1800
September 04
08:30 2013

The 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe has been unveiled in a special event organized just a couple of weeks ahead the Frankfurt Motor Show debut. The new Swedish prototype is inspired by contemporary Scandinavian lifestyle and design as well as iconic elements from the past.

The new 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe is the first of a series of three prototypes that will be developed on the brand new Scalable Product Architecture. But because we remind you of about the iconic elements from the past we should say that the new Volvo Concept Coupe is trying to be a modern version of the legendary P1800.

The Volvo P1800 story

Now let’s go back in the 70′ when Volvo and its P1800 model saw the day light. In 1957 the Swedish car manufacturer has started to work on a better sports car. First they build the P1900, a car that was sold in just 68 units. In these conditions, Volvo had to do something better and the man behind the P1800 project was Helmer Petterson.

In December 1957, Petterson get behind the wheels of the first P1800 concept and went to Karmann headquarters to discuss about this new car. Back in those days, the most important customer for Karmann was Volkswagen. When the Germans heard about the project they didn’t allow to Karmann to take the job because an upcoming Swedish sports car could compete against their own cars.

2013 Volvo Concept Coupe - side view 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe - side view

After this turn back, Petterson though he will never build that sports car. But in January 1960, Volvo went to Brussels Motor Show and after an enthusiastic feedback, they contracted the Jensen Motors. In September 1960, the first production Volvo P1800 left the assembly line.

The Volvo P1800 has a length of 4.350 mm, a width of 1.700 mm, a height of 1.280 mm and a wheelbase of 2.450 millimeters. With these proportions and with its 1.8 liter or 2.0 liter engine the P1800 was an authentic sports car. After 12 years of service, the model is retired on June 27, 1973. In all these years, Volvo managed to sell 47.492 units across its markets.

For short this was the start of a special and powerful sports car. And now, with the Concept Coupe, Volvo is trying to pay tribute and to “give birth” to a modern generation of the P1800 sports car. Now let’s focus on the brand new 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe.

The 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe design philosophy

The new Swedish prototype was developed by Thomas Ingenlath and its previewing how the upcoming Volvo models will look like. The developing of this concept took more than a year, but the result is fantastic and breathe taking.

“The Volvo Concept Coupé is no futuristic dream car. It is designed to demonstrate the capability of our new architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognize the connection instantly when it is revealed next year,” says Thomas Ingenlath.

As we previously told you, the new 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe was developed on the bran new Scalable Product Architecture, a spinal cord that will be able to remove all the limitations or previous platforms.

2013 Volvo Concept Coupe - front side view 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe - front side view

“The new Volvo Concept Coupé reveals how we could shape our cars from now on. Free from the superficial surface excitement of other car brands, we add emotional value to the Volvo brand with the calm, confident beauty that is the hallmark of Scandinavian design,” added Thomas Ingenlath.

Now let’s talk a little about the new design. At a first glance you will say that the new 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe is a very beautiful car. Viewed from its side the car is gorgeous. With its low bonnet, roof and 21 inch wheels with five spoke the prototype is very elegant and inspires attitude. For a little drama, Volvo chief designer said that the concept resembles with a lion character.

“Think about the powerful calmness of a lion. He doesn’t have to prowl to radiate respect. Even laying down he shows very clearly what he is capable of,” said Thomas Ingenlath.

The front of the new 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe is dominated by the special bonnet and by the “floating grille”. The last one is flanked by a new type of headlights that comes with T-shaped day running lights. According to Volvo, these L-shaped lights will be a distinctive element in the new design philosophy. The panoramic glass roof, the 21 inch alloy wheels and the elegant rear end are other distinctive elements that will be used on the upcoming Volvo models.

“The face is new, but it also carries more than 85 years of Volvo heritage with great pride. We are still working with the final interpretation of the grille and the iron mark and this will be revealed together with the XC90 next year,” says Thomas Ingenlath.

Earlier we told you the short story of the P1800 and now it’s time to tell you why the Concept Coupe that reminds of the iconic Swedish model. For a better understanding we will quote Thomas Ingenlath, because he is the one who imagined and designed the new Volvo Concept Coupe.

2013 Volvo Concept Coupe - rear view 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe - rear view

“It is a car designer’s duty to reflect and incorporate design signatures that are vital parts of the company’s heritage. The P1800 is an iconic Volvo, renowned for its beautiful forms and detailing. However, using elements from the P1800 exterior and interior has nothing to do with being retro. We are using these subtle links to a glorious past to create a future where sheer beauty becomes a recognized part of Volvo’s identity. That journey starts with Concept Coupé,” says Thomas Ingenlath.

The futuristic cabin

The luxury is also continuing inside the cabin where we find a lot of gadgets and futuristic accessories and elements. The Swedish concept comes with premium leather upholstery, wood accessories and gloss black accents. The instrument panel is also covered in leather and on the floor we see dark blue woven carpets. Another distinctive and important feature is the crystal gear leaver.

“To me, handcrafted crystal is one of the finest examples of high-quality Scandinavian design and I love the idea of bringing it into the car. The prominent position of the gear-leaver is the perfect place for this sparkling sensation. The experience inside Concept Coupé is an excellent example of how we will make Volvo customers feeling truly special”, says Robin Page, Design Director Interior at Volvo Car Group.

Those who will went to Frankfurt Motor Show and will step inside the new 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe will find a large portrait touch screen in the center console. It will interact with the driver and the passenger through an adaptive digital display and a head-up display.

2013 Volvo Concept Coupe - inside view 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe - inside view

“This is a natural integration of user interfaces in our new car generation. Interaction with pleasure but without distraction is the key. We bring connectivity into our cars to make them both more enjoyable and safe,” explains Thomas Ingenlath.

The 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe – a hybrid powertrain with more than 400 HP

The new 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe is powered by a plug in hybrid power train. It comes with a 2.0 liter Drive-E petrol engine backed up by an electric unit that sends its power to the rear axle. The total output generated by the hybrid power trains is around 400 horsepower (298 kW) and over 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) peek of torque.

The first production model who will use the design and the elements featured by the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe will be the new generation of the XC90. At the same event, Volvo attached a few teaser photos with the second generation of its SUV and if you will hit the gallery below you will see the resemblance.

The 2015 Volvo XC90 will be the first production model inspired by the Concept Coupe

The new generation of the Volvo XC90 will be officially unveiled next year and it will hit the market in 2015. In the pictures you will discover the T-shaped daytime running lights, the new large front grille and the distinctive taillights.

More than that, the new Volvo XC90 will be the first Swedish product that is developed under the Geely ownership. As you guess, it will ride on the new Scalable Product Architecture and under the boonet it will come with the new Drive-E engine lineup.

2015 Volvo XC90 teaser 2015 Volvo XC90 teaser

The Drive-E range used on the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe

The new Drive-E range will come with two four cylinder units, one common-rail one and a direct-injected petrol power unit. The diesels will be able to output from 120 horsepower (90 kW) to 230 HP (170 kW) while the petrol engines powers will start from 140 HP (104 kW) and will end at more than 300 horsepower (225 kW).

The diesel fans should know that the upcoming Volvo’s engine generation will feature the i-Art technology. It has the ability to obtain pressure feedback from all of the fuel injectors to continuously monitor and adapt fuel injection per combustion in each cylinder.

This can be done by adding a small computer on the top of it which can monitor the injection pressure and with the info obtained by the i-Art adapting system the engine will get the optimal amount of fuel necessary during a combustion cycle.

“The sophisticated Drive-E technologies give the customer high performance, improved fuel economy, considerably lower emissions and a powerful sound character. Our four-cylinder engines will offer higher performance than today’s six-cylinder units and lower fuel consumption than the current four-cylinder generation. If you take a four-cylinder Drive-E engine versus any six-cylinder engine, there’s a massive weight and size reduction for the same power. Fuel economy savings are anything from 10 to 30 percent, depending on which engine you’re comparing it to”, said Derek Crabb, Vice President Powertrain Engineering at Volvo Car Group a couple of weeks ago when Volvo revealed its upcoming engine range.

In the end we attached three videos released by Volvo who will help you to understand why Volvo Concept Coupe was designed and how it was created. Now we expect to find out what is your opinion about the new 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe and about the design direction that the Swedish car manufacturer will follow with its upcoming models.

Via | Volvo, WCF, Wikipedia

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