While Swedish automaker Volvo is known mostly for safety and station wagons, once upon a time it built one of the cleanest coupes of any car company; the P1800. With Volvo now under Chinese control, I wasn’t sure what direction the design would take, but the new Volvo Concept Coupe is a jaw-droppingly gorgeous tribute to the P1800, and it’s a hybrid to boot.
Just take a minute to reflect on the simple, minimalist look of the Volvo Concept Coupe, a car that seems to almost blend into itself despite subtle fender flares and enormous LED headlights. It looks rather like a production car, and Volvo’s designers say that it is built on the company’s latest chassis architecture; that means this concept could very easily become a production car as-is (though it would probably undergo a few changes here or there).
This also extends to the Concept Coupe’s drivetrain, which uses one of Volvo’s new super-and-turbocharged Drive-E four-cylinder engines, which drives the front wheels. Meanwhile, an electric motor on the rear axle delivers all-wheel drive and enough extra power for a combined output of 400 horsepower and 442 ft-lbs of torque.
Sexy. Powerful. Swedish. Hybrid. It’s like a dream come true for green car fans. Sure, it only has room for two, and Volvo makes no mention of fuel economy, but so what? I want this car to go into production for all the reasons stated above.