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Volvo unveiled the new Volvo Concept Coupé, the first of a series of three concept cars that reveal the design possibilities created by the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). (Earlier post.)

The concept car features a two-liter high-performance Drive-E gasoline engine (earlier post) with a supercharger and turbo. The petrol engine is teamed with an electric motor on the rear axle. This gives Volvo Concept Coupé a total output of around 400 hp (298 kW) and more than 600 N·m (443 lb-ft) of torque.

The design points towards the next generation of Volvo models, starting with the forthcoming XC90 in 2014.

The Volvo Concept Coupé is no futuristic dream car. It is designed to demonstrate the capability of our new architecture: the confident stance, the proportions and the most prominent design signatures. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognize the connection instantly when it is revealed next year.

—Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath

The Concept Coupé also features elements that echo the design of the iconic Volvo P1800 sports car from the 1960s.

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Concept Coupé. Click to enlarge.

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