While it may look old-school, Volvo's Caresto V8 Speedster makes use of a lot of modern technology.
The body is composed of both lightweight aluminum and carbon-fiber panels. A removable hardtop helps protect occupants from the elements.
Un-hot-rod-like is the Caresto V8's engine placement: it's not under the hood but placed amidships for better weight distribution, giving the retro-styled 2645 lb. roadster a 60/40 weight balance. The ethanol-powered 4.4-liter V-8 makes 340 bhp at 5850 rpm; running on gasoline it produces 315 horses. The 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission is operated via sequential manual shifting. Large Brembo 4-piston brake calipers pinching big 14-in. discs and an anti-lock braking system can slow this rod down in a hurry. In true rodder fashion, the wheel/tire package is -size with P245/35R-20 BFGoodrich G-Force rubber up front, mammoth P295/45R-22s at the rear. The double-A-arm suspension setup at all four corners features large Ohlins coil-over dampers.
Does Volvo's great-looking hot rod have a chance of seeing the production light of day? Ha! But cool design exercises like this are what make going to auto shows so much fun.