Production of a 500bhp, Polestar-developed version of the Volvo S60 will soon start, according to insiders. Spy shots were taken of the new model in Sweden for the first time last week. It’s also believed to be close to a market launch. Its development was handled by the team behind Volvo’s Swedish Touring Car Championship entry.
Sources said its power exceeds that of the BMW M3 but have given no further details. It isn’t likely that the six-cylinder engine won’t be stretched to get to this figure so power is likely to generate from a turbocharged version of the 4.4-litre Yamaha V8 used in the XC90 and in the Noble M600, according to Autocar.
It’s also likely to be equipped with a Haldex all-wheel drive system, together with a couple of clever differentials used on the C30 Polestar concept. In the spy photos, Polestar’s bodywork revisions are masked but they’re likely to feature a bolder front end with more engine cooling plus wider sills and a diffuser at the rear.
These spy pictures also don’t display the new, larger alloy wheels. Performance upgrades are offered by Polestar for different Volvo models but it hasn’t made a full-blown Volvo production car in the past. Even when the Polestar C30, with a 400bhp 2.5-litre, five-pot engine, got good reviews and feedback, it has never gotten the green light.
Volvo Cars Official Motorsport and Performance partner Polestar unveiled the Volvo S60 Polestar Concept, a performance concept vehicle built with the goal of meeting the satisfaction of any performance minded owner.
Founder and CEO of Polestar Christian Dahl said that they are proud to reveal Polestar's take of the Volvo S60. It's a vehicle made with their own specifications in mind, which they know from experience, are also what other active drivers want.
The primary focus when building the car has been to put together a comfy authentic Volvo ride with a superb level of handling and power. The Volvo T6 engine has been refined to meet the need for increased torque and power. This, in association with a broadened, lowered and reinforced chassis with a refined Öhlins suspension and Haldex all-wheel drive system, makes the vehicle suited for long distance travelling and high performance driving as well.
Volvo Polestar racing driver Robert Dahlgren said that to him, the Volvo S60 is a well-balanced car. In their concept car, they have improved transmission, engine and chassis the way they really want it. And the outcome is a major leap ahead when it comes to performance and handling. He also added that it is definitely the most stunning street Volvo he has ever ridden, and that the authentic feeling of the Volvo is still present.