Volvo introduced today the all-new V60 Polestar, a high-performance version of the popular V60 station wagon which promises to debut on four continents around the world in 2014. As expected, the new Volvo V60 Polestar comes with multiple upgrades such as modifications made to increase rigidity of the chassis to cater for the 80% stiffer springs, high performance Ohlins shock absorbers, 20-inch Polestar wheels as well as 371 mm ventilated front discs and six-piston Brembo calipers.
The 2014 V60 Polestar comes with improved aerodynamics thanks to new front splitters, the new rear spoiler and the air diffuser. Under the hood, there is a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo-charged T6 engine developing 350 hp (257 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque.
A new 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust system was added in order to make a throaty engine note.
The engine is bolted to a six-speed automatic gearbox that features a new paddle shift system that together with the Polestar-developed Haldex four-wheel drive system it can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.9 seconds and to a top speed electronically limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph. The weight of the V60 Polestar is 1822 kg.
After the positive debut in its high-spec 'Pure Limited' version, the inventive Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is available now in a complete range of colours and specifications that include almost all the upgrades in design and technology for the standard V60, while keeping its best-in-class 48 g/km emissions.
Volvo has made the vehicle appear more vibrant and determined, echoing its character. Every interaction between driver and vehicle is more innate, progressive, and customisable.
The tailgate of the first diesel plug-in hybrid ever still shows the D6 AWD emblem, hinting at the high-performance levels underneath. The front wheels run on a five-cylinder 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine that produces 215 hp and a 440 Nm maximum torque, all through a six-speed automatic transmission.
The rear axle is driven by an electric motor creating 70 hp and 200 Nm. It is powered by an 11.2 kWh LI-ion battery pack located under the load area floor.
The driver chooses the driving mode required through one of three buttons for three completely different dispositions: Pure, Hybrid, or Power.
• Pure uses only with the electric motor as much as achievable with a range of up to 50 km.
• Hybrid is the default setting upon starting the car. The diesel engine and electric motor work together to reach 48 g/km (1.8 l/100km) CO2 emissions (NEDC, mixed driving cycle for certification).
• Power optimises the technology to provide the maximum power possible. The diesel engine and electric motor cooperate, delivering total power of 215+70 hp and over 600 Nm maximum torque. The car goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds.
Volvo said that the V60 Polestar signals the beginning of an extended production model range for the Polestar. Inspired by the latest version of the S/V60, the brand revealed that development of the V60 Polestar has been ongoing for quite some time. This new model takes a number of features from the C30 Concept car, the S60 Concept car, and even the Australian S60 Polestar.
Volvo revealed that the new model has undergone hundreds, if not thousands, of development kilometers. It has been driven on twisty mountain roads, the Autobahn and even test tracks located on the frozen Sweden in the north and down to the south of Europe. The Polestar is a good example of performance engineering. Take the brake system for instance.
Considerable improvements have been done to it to guarantee braking performance on the highest level. Proof of this is the ventilated discs in the front measuring 371 mm and the Brembo six-piston calipers. Upgrades were done as well on the chassis with the goal of increasing the rigidity. This was to allow it to adapt to the springs that have been made stiffer by 80% compared to the usual S60 R-Design.
All of the modifications on the chassis plus the use of the Polestar 20-inch wheels and fitting in the Öhlins high performance shock absorbers mean a driving experience that is not only comfortable, but more importantly, one that is precise. Polestar racing and test driver Robert Dahlgren said that they continued on their work in order to come up with a true driver’s car.
A car, he added, that was not limited to performing on certain driving conditions but can be enjoyed no matter what the season is, whether driving on those winding roads, or going on trips with the family. Dahlgren continued by saying that he believes the brand almost reached that goal, a feeling that is best experienced when behind the wheel.