When Cyan Racing, the guys who run Volvo’s World Touring Car Championship team, decided to build its own cars, I was skeptical. I’ve always thought of racing as a sport for racers and engineers, basically, people who want to go fast while spending as much time as possible in wind tunnels. While there are plenty of those folks at Cyan, they’re also comedians and artists. It shows in their cars, which are some of the prettiest driving machines I’ve ever seen (and trust me when I say that even if you don’t like Volvo’s, you’ll love this Cyan racing Volvo P1800).
With this second Volvo P1800 Cyan, the first being an 850-horsepower S60 wagon with a carbon fiber body, Cyan is continuing its mission of building beautiful performance machines that will make your heart skip a beat every time you see one. The fact that it’s based on my favorite Volvo model ever only adds to my already-high expectations for this car.
The Volvo P1800
The P1800 is a limited edition car that will be built to order by Cyan Racing and could go as high as seven times six figures at $700,000, this process CE seems absurd to be paid for the car. The car will be displayed this August during the Monterey Car Week later in the year. Upon placing an order commission for the car it will take between 1 year and 1.5 years for the car to be delivered. The car is powered by a 3-liter inline-six engine sourced from Volvo’s Performance Parts program that makes 400 horsepower at 6500 RPM and 369 lb.-ft. of torque at 4200 rpm when mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission; both come standard with paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel.
The P1800 is a style icon, as you might expect from a car that costs as much as a Rolls Royce. The panels are beautifully formed and lined with trim that reminds me of the Citroen DS’ ultra-luxurious interior. The interior is just as striking and just as luxurious with leather upholstery and wood veneer that looks like it’s come straight out of an art deco sculpture in metal. It makes driving feel more like being pampered in your favorite hotel’s presidential suite than tooling around town.
The Volvo P1800 is like the Mona Lisa, except instead of being an expensive painting in a museum or gallery somewhere, it’s an expensive car that can drive around town. The contours are so beautiful and dramatic you’ll be fascinated walking around it, with the shape of the contours on the car. There are curves everywhere, you could drive this one for a year without realizing its full potential.
The P1800 is Elegant and Beautiful as it is Powerful
From the outside, the body is similar to that of its predecessor, but with some key differences. The front fenders have been lowered by six inches, making this car look even more aggressive than before. This gives it an almost lunar appearance that makes you wonder if maybe NASA should hire this company from Sweden to design spaceships instead of Russia or China or whatever other country they seem intent on partnering with these days. because if there’s anything that could bring about world peace for sure (aside from airbrushed paintings), it would be cars like these: beautiful machines made by artists who understand elegance better than almost anyone else out there today.
Cyan Racing’s Expensive Build
The Cyan Racing P1800 will cost a whopping $700k this means it will definitely be a limited edition car and will be available to only a few people. This is not just because of its price, but also for its limitations in the number of cars that would be produced. If you drive in this car you will have a great experience and feel fulfilled with the cost of this replica car built by Cyan racing, a Swedish company in partnership with Volvo. If you want an executive car with style then you should consider buying this car because it will surely impress and give you the feeling of elegance.
The way it’s been restored is elegant and timeless: it looks as if it could have just rolled off the assembly line in 1962. Every piece of hardware on this car has been rebuilt to original spec, and everything from the seats to the engine bay is in pristine condition.
Final Wrap Up
This is exactly what a boutique car company should be doing: taking classic cars and making them better. It’s the best way to honor a legacy and create something new. Something that looks feels, and drives like you couldn’t even imagine back in the day when these cars were first rolling off assembly lines. With this car, Cyan Racing has shown that it has what it takes to become an important player in the automotive world. Yes, the car is incredibly expensive but that’s part of its appeal.
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