Mike Stevens | Jan 12, 2009

Designed by Nouphone J. Bansanine during his internship at Volvo, the SC90 was conceived to provide Volvo with an entrant in the four-door coupe supersports category. With the likes of the Aston Martin Rapide, Porsche Panamera, and Maserati Quattroporte in the minds of buyers, there’s never been a better time to pounce.

Looking at its singularly smooth profile, uncomplicated yet futuristic styling, and supercar intentions, the SC90 represents a brilliant and unexpected move by the Swedish carmaker, known in the not-too-distant past for its boxy and uninspired design.

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Nouphone’s thinking seems to follow the same lines.

"My proposal was based on the growing trend for premium four-door coupes, taking the concept to the extreme by exploring and developing a premium four-door sportscar for the year 2015."

Nouphone’s hopes for the SC90 are to see it become the flagship model for Volvo, reshaping the brand into one recognised as a home for passion and emotion.

Utilising concave and convex surfacing, the SC90 takes the traditional supercar style to new extremes into the form of a four-door coupe. Bansanine describes this take as a “more complex and fresh second read” of the classic style.

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While the profile of the SC90 Concept may be a sleek combination of classic and modern, with its massive rims filling out the high wheel arches, the face is all 21st Century. Aggressively raked blacked out headlights lead into a wide-open six-sided grille featuring the classic Volvo sash, flanked by subtle yet deliberate side intakes and an equally subtle diffuser.

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The rea-end bears an almost 1930's style to its high shape, yet clearly defined by its futuristic intentions, with narrow slit-like tail-lamps wrapping sharply round from the profile across to the point of the rear deck. High-mounted exhausts rest in the rear panel, above the aggressive rear diffuser.

If this is the sort of work young Bansanine has ahead of him, good things await the rest of us.

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