Let's first have a brainwave. If I tell you the word 'Volvo', what adjectives would spring to mind? Safety? Boxy? Wagons? Boring? All of these are indeed words that associate with Volvo, because they are obsessed with safety, their line of cars can used to be drawn with a ruler and pencil.
However, there are a few cars in Volvo's history that can spice things up a bit. Here are five.
1. Volvo 850R
In 1994 Volvo needed to change their image, from something that only dentists would buy, to a brand that would appeal to the mass public, preferably the teenagers. So they copied the phrase 'Win on Sunday, sell on Monday' from the book of marketing and went racing, with an estate.
Some racing drivers from the field back then laughed at the Volvo, by calling it a 'baker's car', but the estate proved to be somewhat effective. Since BTCC back in 1994 didn't allow giant wings on the back, like they are now, what the team had done, essentially, is increase downforce at the back using the extra wagon bit. The team didn't win the championship unfortunately, but it was such a spectacle that many people bought a Volvo for the first time because of the 850R Wagon BTCC car.
2. Volvo V60
The V60 is a undoubtedly a looker. In fact, all Volvos nowadays are beautiful, but this one is especially gorgeous. Just look at it. If you think the V90 is too big for you, and that you aren't interested in saloons, you definitely won't be disappointed about the V60.
And in anybody's book, I'd assume, the V60 is a cool car. What's even more impressive, is that the top-of-the-range model packs nearly 400bhp. In a Volvo! And because it's a Volvo, it's going to be better built then it's German rivals, and safer too. What's there not to like?
3. Polestar 1
The Polestar 1 is technically a Polestar, and not a Volvo, but underneath it's practically a sportier Volvo, so we'd include it in this list. Plus, Polestar is Volvo's sister company, so it counts for sure.
This is a hybrid, and before you boo, it's a fast hybrid coupe, much like the NSX and the i8, and even the Porsche 918, but only better looking. The 2L inline-four under the bonnet is twin charged, which means it's both turbocharged and supercharged. And it sends power to the electric motors which fire power to all four corners. The result is a 600hp grand tourer that won't break a sweat going down the de-restricted Autobahn. Yum.
4. Volvo P1800ES
It's technically not an estate, because it's only got two doors, so it's a shooting brake, which makes the whole car world shiver. Because the word 'shooting brake' hasn't been seen for quite some time now, yes we have the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake for a brief moment, and we have the GTC4Lusso, but that's it. So seeing this P1800ES is something of a true marvel.
Just look at it! Ain't she absolutely stunning? She might be old, but she's still pretty. The most gorgeous part of this car is the hatch, it's all glass which makes it ten times cooler all of a sudden.
5. Volvo S60 Polestar
It's bright blue for crying out loud. Bright Blue. Technically it's 'Polestar Blue' but to normal eyes, it's just a blue car with some big rims on it. But to the trained eyes of the petrolheads, this is something truly special.
Underneath the gleaming paintwork lies a three-litre, inline six turbocharged engine producing north of 340bhp. The later 2017 cars actually get a slightly smaller two-litre, inline four motor which produces slightly more power, but we'll gloss over that as who likes small engines right?
This isn't an M3 killer, but it is bright blue, so it's better than an M3, right?