Cyan Racing will soon allow interested North American buyers to purchase a revived Volvo classic: the P1800 coupe.

The Volvo P1800 Cyan is a modern interpretation of Volvo’s original design from the 1960’s. Following a European launch in 2020, the Swedish engineers have elected to enter the vehicle into the NA market; it’s slated for an official public debut at The Quail Motorsports Gathering on August 9th.

The P1800 Cyan is a production model designed off of the group’s original prototype, utilizing a steel chassis and carbon fiber body, and based on a genuine P1800 donor chassis. It’s powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine, displacing 420 horsepower and 336 lb-ft of torque. That power is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed Holinger manual gearbox, complete with a dog-leg first gear. 

Weighing in at just 2180 pounds, the P1800 is carried by fully adjustable independent suspension. Components from recognizable automotive brands, like AP Racing, Phlins, Pirelli, and Recaro, are used throughout.

If the “Cyan Racing” name isn’t too familiar, that’s okay. They used to be known as “Polestar.” Yes, that Polestar. They started out as a racing team in Sweden and soon became an instrumental part in Volvo’s operations. While Polestar focused on sustainable performance, the racing engineers were left to do what they did best; now, Cyan Racing operates as a fully independent organization. With that backstory in mind, it may be surprising to some that the new P1800 isn’t a battery-powered sportster.

"We could have built an electric Volvo P1800 filled with all the latest technology, comfort and luxury, but that wasn't what we wanted," said Christian Dahl, CEO and founder of Cyan Racing. “We desired something more visceral, capturing the spirit of the ’60s with the technology of today.”

The Volvo P1800 Cyan starts around $700,000, and is hand-built by Cyan Racing in Gothenburg, Sweden. Each car is built to the customer’s exact specifications.