Old school coupe with new heart: Volvo P1800 Cyan
The 420hp coupe comes with a manual transmission, rear-wheel drive and no driver aids.
The Volvo P1800 came a year before the Jaguar E-type, two years before the Ferrari 250 GTO and 3 years before the Porsche 911. All I know is, this is one of the underrated coupés in history.
But, for the reigning triple World Touring Car Champions - Cyan Racing, they would prefer to bring the Volvo P1800 back with some racing flair to it and I love it. They call it the Volvo P1800 Cyan.
The P1800 Cyan takes the style of the 60s coupé and is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 litre 4-cylinder from the S60 TCI race car producing 420hp and 455Nm of torque and has a redline at 7,700 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual Hollinger transmission which sends all the power to the rear wheels.
The Volvo P1800 Cyan with the S60 TCI. Pic Credit: Cyan Racing.
There is a torque-biased limited-slip differential improves traction for the racetrack and optimises the car for road use as well. However, there are no driver assists like stability control, ABS. The suspension is adjustable double wishbone in the front and rear and has Cyan hydraulics.
The chassis is reinforced with carbon fibre to make it stronger and lighter. But, there are some alterations made to the body like a wider track, larger wheels, titanium roll cage and repositioned greenhouse. This results in the car weighing (curb) in at 990 kilograms.
For stopping power there are steel brakes paired to 4-piston callipers for a more genuine feeling. These brakes can be seen behind 18 inch forged centre-lock wheels paired to Pirelli P Zero tyres.
18 inch forged centre-lock wheels. Pic Credit: Cyan Racing.
Now, this car is not a one-off like it may seem but, Cyan racing will make more of these cars with pricing and individual specification available for prospective clients, so getting one of these is relying on the number of zeros in your bank account you can live without but, you get a bespoke race car for the road with classic styling.