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The ongoing 2012 Auto Mobil International (AMI) in Leipzig, Germany, saw Volvo tuning specialist Heico Sportiv reveal the first-ever racing version of the V40 as well as the first real life photos and details of its upcoming performance and styling program for the production model.

Heico Sportiv, which is the official Volvo Car Germany partner for road vehicle customization, says it is developing a raft of parts for the V40 premium compact hatchback.

The V40 tuning program will cover ECU upgrades for all mainstream engines, custom exhaust systems, sporty suspension and braking systems, a choice of alloy wheel designs along with interior applications and body styling kits.

Heico Sportiv has also prepared a new Volvo V40 racer, with which it will compete in next year's 24 Hour Endurance Race at the Nürburgring.

The motorsports V40 is powered by a five-cylinder turbo diesel D5 engine tuned to produce 296hp (300PS) and a peak torque of 600 Nm (442 lb-ft). It also features a lightweight, carbon fiber body kit highlighted by the huge wing at the rear.

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