• Unique, Inscription-specific wheels and trim
  • Three distinctive exterior colors
  • Exclusive, high-end interior treatments


Volvo exhibited the C70 Inscription, a limited edition of their retractable hardtop coupe, today at the LA Auto Show. The C70 is a car with a split mission, blending the excitement of top-down motoring with the luxury and elegant style of an upscale coupe. In the Inscription, Volvo polishes the capable C70, adding unique, Inscription-specific wheels and trim, distinctive exterior color choices and upscale interior features.

Exterior enhancements include special wheels and a sportier grille. The eighteen-inch "Midir" wheels found only on the C70 Inscription have a five-spoke design, painted black but with polished, narrow spokes and a polished lip. The grille is painted gloss black and surrounded by chrome, as are the LED daytime running lights.

Three exterior colors are available on the C70 Inscription: Black Stone, Black Sapphire (metallic) and Ice White. Inside, Sovereign Hide upholstery is available in Off Black or Calcite, both with contrasting stitching.

The C70 has an exclusive leather-wrapped dash, and the handbrake lever and carpets are Inscription-specific as well. All have the same contrasting stitching found on the seats. Interior choices include several finishes for Volvo's signature ultra-slim center stack; aluminum is standard on the Inscription, while black and Nordic Light Oak are optional. More aluminum inlays brighten the steering wheel, shift knob and sport pedals.

The 2012 C70 Inscription arrives at Volvo dealerships this month. Production is limited to 2,000 units annually, so the Inscription really is a "limited edition." Pricing has not been announced but should be a bit higher than a C70 in Platinum trim, which is priced around $45,000.

What it means to you: Volvo's C70 Inscription is a polished and well-appointed coupe with top-down potential.

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Nick Palermo is an automotive writer and lifelong car nut. He follows new and late-model used vehicles for AutoTrader.com, writes about vintage cars for Hemmings Classic Wheels and blogs on all things automotive at LivingVroom. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and twins.

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