Volvo S60 Polestar Concept might become a reality

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 14, 2012

Talks are progressing between Volvo UK and Polestar for the 500bhp Volvo S60 Polestar Concept to soon enter production. Volvo UK’s managing director Nick Connor said that with the advancement in the negotiations, it’s possible that the S60 would be a reality.

Of course, Volvo S60 Polestar numbers would be very small but then again, they’re not making any attempt to conceal the fact that it would be a marketing exercise.

When it does enter production, it will be priced higher than £100,000, according to Autocar. It will also keep the power of the concept supercar, stemming from the 3.0-litre turbo’d inline six-pot, and four-wheel drive system.

Originally, Polestar came from the team that handled Volvo’s ’90s BTCC efforts. In addition, the manufacturer link continues to be strong. However, Connor reveals that while motorsport and touring cars can’t be ruled out, there’s no immediate plan yet since it’s not a major area of investment for now.

The Volvo S60 Polestar Concept is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine that provides up to 508 hp of output and 575 Nm of torque (424 pound-feet). This powerful engine – mated to a six-speed manual transmission -- is one of the many reasons why the Volvo S60 Polestar Concept could accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).

As for the secret for achieving such engine power, engineers at Volvo wasted little effort to upgrade the powerplant by installing a new cylinder head, inlet manifold, combustion chambers, and intake. They also installed a new 3.5-inch stainless-steel exhaust system and new custom connecting rods.

Since the Volvo S60 Polestar gets much power from the engine, the carmaker decided to match that performance with a Haldex all-wheel drive system, new 19-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers, 380-mm ventilated discs on the front and 302-mm ventilated discs on the rear.

For its exterior looks, the Volvo S60 Polestar dons revamped front and rear bumpers and new side sills. For its interior, the Volvo S60 Polestar features newly designed seats with increased support.

Furthermore, all functional areas of the vehicle -- steering wheel, seats and gear knob – feature Alcantara. On the other hand, Volvo lowered the center console for optimized gear-lever ergonomics. The Volvo S60 Polestar features an overall weight of 1640 kg as well as optimized weight distribution.

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