V70R. 850R Sport Wagon. 780 Bertone. 262C Bertone. 123 GT. Amazon 122S Rally.
These are all model names of Volvos. But they’re not your librarian neighbors’ standard, boxy wagon. These are the names of the most limited and iconic Swedish automobiles ever made. They are the exclusive, the limited, and the hopped up versions of their Clark Kent selves.
C30 T5 M R-Design.
That is the latest in a long line of exclusive Swedish awesome. Or is it? Does the 2013 Volvo C30 T5 M R-Design with Polestar engine tuning package live up to the promise of its familial past? And just how exclusive is it? Should you care?
Volvo let us live with one for a week, and we’ve tried to make sense of it. That includes kid seats, grocery bags, and an evaluation of the creature comforts. Read our First Drive of the 2013 Volvo C30 T5 R-Design to see if it lives up to the hype.