2013 Volvo S60 Polestar officially unveiled

Article by Christian A., on April 17, 2013

Volvo announced today that the S60 Polestar will go into limited production, but the bad news is that the first batch will be exclusively built for Australian market. The first cars will be delivered to the customers in late June 2013 and each car will carry a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo-charged Volvo T6 engine delivering 350bhp or 257kW and 500+ Nm of torque.

With these numbers, the Volvo S60 Polestar is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph. Moreover, the car uses a Polestar-tuned six-speed automatic gearbox, which also features a launch control system and a Polestar-tuned Haldex 4WD system.

Polestar also took care of the engine and installed a new intercooler, a BorgWarner turbo and a full-flow stainless steel exhaust system with 3.5-inch tailpipes.

Still, things don’t stop here and the new S60 Polestar features front and rear stabilizers, rear tie blades, new springs and strut brace with carbon fiber enforcement. In terms of design, the Volvo S60 Polestar comes with a new aerodynamic package, which includes a new front splitter, rear wing and diffuser.

While the Volvo S60 Polestar offers avant-garde technology seen on the racetrack, its confidence comes from the fact that its chassis underwent thousands of kilometers of extensive testing. Tests were done in different weather conditions and road situations.

Development work on the Volvo S60 Polestar even covered the environments in Germany, Sweden and Spain. A good part of the development work for the Volvo S60 Polestar is Robert Dahlgren, a Volvo Polestar Racing driver and a veteran factory racing pilot for the carmaker.

According to Dahlgren, the Volvo S60 Polestar combines the best elements of the Volvo S60 T6 and the S60 Polestar Concept Car. He noted that the Volvo S60 Polestar represents a good combination of the Volvo and Polestar core values -- safety and performance.

Indeed the Volvo S60 Polestar features a number of technologies seen on Polestar racing cars, like Öhlins dampers, an extensively developed, highly tuned chassis, and high capacity brakes. Dahlgren said that the Volvo S60 Polestar is the carmaker’s first step to a production version that will be made available to customers.

All-new Volvo S60 is the most well-balanced Volvo ever created and during the developmental stage, the chassis team enhanced every single aspect to create the ultimate driving experience. The product of their hard work is a freshly-minted Dynamic chassis, a default on every brand-new Volvo S60.

The steering gear ratio is 10 percent quicker than the previous generations to provide improved steering feel and high-speed response. The steering column’s wider tubing and rigid bushes have added torsional rigidity by 100 percent. This also adds to the heightened feeling of direct contact with the wheels and the road.

The front spring struts also bear thicker pistons in comparison with the sports chassis in the Volvo S80. The resultant 47 percent added firmness, signifying that the body construction can take on lateral loads much better. The springs themselves are smaller and firmer than before and the Eigen frequency has grown by 10 percent.

Press Release

Introducing the world-first production version of the Volvo S60 Polestar

Developed from 17 years of motorsport experience, and sharing DNA with the 508bhp Volvo S60 Polestar Concept Car, the first road car from Polestar to be put into production is here - the Volvo S60 Polestar.

"We have built a car that we, as car enthusiasts, want to drive," says Christian Dahl, Managing Director of Polestar. "This is a driver's car, bringing out the very best of the already competent Volvo S60 chassis with our experience and technology from motorsport.

"We received a fantastic response to our Volvo C30 and S60 Polestar concept cars, so we are very happy to now introduce our first production car to the Australian market. This is an important step forward for Polestar, one that promises an exciting future."

Australia pilot market for limited edition project
A limited production run has been developed exclusively for the Australian market as a pilot project, with the first cars being delivered to customers in late June 2013. Introduction of the Volvo S60 Polestar to further markets is under investigation pending the response of the Australian introduction.

"The Australian market for performance cars is, and has always been, strong," says Matt Braid, Managing Director of Volvo Cars Australia. "We are delighted to be able to offer our customers the Volvo S60 Polestar, a car more than capable of getting into the thick of the action in this competitive segment of the market.

"The work done by Polestar on the S60 is impressive to say the least - they have transformed the already fun to drive Volvo S60 into a great handling driver's car."

Extensive chassis development - by racing drivers
Key to the development of the Volvo S60 Polestar was the extensive work done on the chassis over thousands of test kilometers in Europe - from the fast autobahns in Germany to the twisty roads of southern Spain, and the freezing cold of northern Sweden.

Volvo Polestar Racing driver Robert Dahlgren, a 33-year-old Swede with 10 years as a Volvo factory racing driver under his belt, has been an integral part of the development work.

"The Volvo S60 Polestar is a car that we are truly proud of, our first step to a production car available to the customers," said Robert Dahlgren, Volvo Polestar Racing driver.

"We have taken the best bits of the standard S60 T6 and our S60 Polestar Concept Car, creating a vehicle that puts a smile on your face when you drive it over your favourite twisty road. At the same time, it is more than capable of everyday driving, too.

"This is, in my eyes, a very good combination of the Volvo and Polestar core values: safety and performance."

Cutting-edge technology straight from the racetrack
Just as important as the men and women from Polestar who developed the car is the technology underneath it.

The Volvo S60 Polestar shares technology from the Polestar racing cars, like dampers from Öhlins, high capacity brakes, and the extensively developed, highly-tuned chassis.

A new aerodynamic package has also been developed, including a front splitter, rear wing and diffuser - all having been tweaked and modified in the Volvo Car Group wind tunnel in collaboration with the Volvo Research and Development team.

The six-cylinder turbo-charged Volvo T6 engine has been optimised by Polestar with a bigger turbo, new intercooler, revised engine mapping and racing exhaust to produce 350bhp or 257kW and 500+Nm.

The S60 Polestar accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds, via a Polestar-tuned six-speed automatic gearbox - which also features a launch control system - and a Polestar-tuned Haldex 4WD system. The car is governed to a top speed of 250km/h.

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