Volvo Concept Coupe approved for limited production run, Volvo nerds rejoice

Volvo Concept Coupe
The Volvo Concept Coupe will be the first Volvo built by Bertone since the fated 780 boxy safety coupe.

Volvo and Italian coachbuilder Bertone have been working together since the 1970s. Their first design was the Volvo 262 coupe with a chopped, pimpy Landau roof. Then in the mid-’80s, Bertone took the Volvo 740 and made from it a two-door version called the 780, which only a mother – or Volvo nerd – could love.

In the last few decades, however, the firms haven’t collaborated at all. But that is all about to change, as Volvo’s board of directors has green-lit the Volvo Coupe Concept for a limited production run.

Originally debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Volvo Concept Coupe is powered by a turbo and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with plug-in hybrid electric powertrain complete with an electric motor in the rear axle. All told, the Coupe Concept makes 400 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque.

According to a report by German automotive website Autobild, the Coupe received such admiration from the press and public alike that Volvo has contracted Bertone to run a few examples through it’s small Turin-based production facility.

If you were hoping to see that high power hybrid powertrain hit the streets, don’t. Volvo will likely stick a regular hybrid or a forced-induction gasoline powertrain into the production models, as the concept plug-in hybrid drivetrain is too expensive.

I am a huge fan of the Volvo P1800 that lent its design lines to the Coupe Concept and have long yearned for a 21st century interpretation. Now I will finally see my fantasy come to fruition but will suffer the agony of not being able to afford one. But that’s what I get for being a Volvo fan: lots of heartache.

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