Volvo introduces the high-performance V60 Polestar

Article by Christian A., on November 26, 2013

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.

Press Release

World debut for a new Volvo V60 engineered by Polestar

The new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar is here, set for sale on four continents around the world in 2014.

"We are proud to present the S60 and V60 Polestar. A car developed for those who share our passion at Polestar: That driving really matters and that a true driver's car should enable you to enjoy driving all-year, on all roads and in all weather conditions. This is a driver's car for real life," said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

"With the introduction of the V60 model, we are proud to continue the heritage of fast Volvo estates like the racing 850 BTCC, a tradition deeply rooted among Volvo enthusiasts," continued Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

- S60 and V60 model
- 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds
- Limited Edition

The countries set for the S60 and V60 Polestar include Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA, with further markets and final production numbers to be revealed next year.

"Our motorsport co-operation with Polestar has been going on for almost two decades and it is rewarding to see how Polestar can use their experiences from motorsport to engineer such an exciting and competent car," said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.

"It is very satisfying to see how Polestar have been able to combine this level of driving performance in their interpretation of the S60 and V60 with maintained original service program, class leading safety features and certified fuel- and emission ratings. Customers buying this car will get the best from both Polestar and Volvo," said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales & Customer Service of Volvo Cars Group.

All-year performance

The car is based on the latest generation Volvo S/V60 and marks the start of an extended Polestar production model range.

Development of the car has been ongoing over the past years, picking up from the C30 and S60 Concept cars and the Australian S60 Polestar. Thousands of development kilometres have been driven on twisty mountain roads, on the Autobahn and test tracks from the south of Europe to the frozen north of Sweden.

"We have continued our work to create a true driver's car which is not limited only to a few specific driving conditions, but enjoyable on everything from your favourite winding roads to taking the family for a long journey, no matter summer or winter. And in my view, we have gotten very close to our goals, something that of course is best experienced first-hand behind the wheel," said Robert Dahlgren, Polestar racing and test driver.

Polestar performance engineering

Upgrades include modifications made to increase rigidity of the chassis to cater for the 80% stiffer springs relative to the standard S60 R-Design. These changes combined with the tailored high performance Öhlins shock absorbers and 20" Polestar wheels results in a precise, yet comfortable, driving experience.

The brake system has undergone substantial modifications. Most visible are the 371 millimetre ventilated front discs and six-piston Brembo calipers, guaranteeing a high level of braking performance.

To reflect the increased performance of the S/V60 Polestar, positive aerodynamic effects have been achieved through subtle, yet efficient, modifications based on data from tests in the Volvo Cars wind tunnel. The changes are visible with the front splitters, optimising the airflow underneath the car, as well as a new rear spoiler and diffusor, increasing downforce.

The six-cylinder turbo-charged T6 engine has undergone extensive development with a new twin-scroll turbo and intercooler to produce 350 HP/257 kW at 5700 rpm and 500 Nm/369 lb-ft already at 2800 rpm. The engine breathes through a 2.5" stainless steel exhaust system, making for a throaty engine note.

The six-speed automatic gearbox features a new paddle shift system that together with the Polestar developed Haldex four-wheel drive system takes the car from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and to a limited top speed of 250 km/h. The gearbox as well as the four-wheel drive system and traction control system has been recalibrated in order to provide an active driving experience and maximum grip in all situations.

The interior has been reworked with new details, materials and Polestar colours, such as the steering wheel, seats and more, with the sole purpose of increasing driver support and control.

"All in all we have taken a major step forward in all areas, from chassis and engine to interior and exterior details. Development work has been focused on the overall package in order to create a car that you want to use every day, both from a practical and emotional perspective," said Henrik Fries, S/V60 Polestar Technical Project Manager.

Sales and delivery

Polestar will begin delivery of the new S60 and V60 Polestar in June 2014 to the local markets.

"We are all very excited and proud over our launch of two new cars as yet another step towards a range of Polestar Engineered Volvo cars available for people like us around the world. To do it together with Volvo, one of the world's leading car manufacturers, is greatly satisfying and we look forward to an exciting future," said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

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Technical Specification

0-100 km/h 4.9 sec
0-200 km/h 17.7 sec
80-120 km/h 4.7 sec
Top speed 250 km/h / 155 mph – Electronically limited

Polestar Öhlins shock absorber system
Polestar bespoke rims, 8x20" ET53 with 245/35R20 tyres

6-cylinder inline T6 engine, 2953 cc
257 kW (350 hp) @ 5700 rpm
500 Nm (369 lb-ft) @ 2800-4750 rpm
Max 6500 rpm
New twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo
New intercooler
Polestar 2.5" stainless full-flow exhaust system with twin 3.5" tail pipes

S60 Polestar: 1752 kg
V60 Polestar: 1822 kg

AWF21 automatic gearbox with paddle shift system
Polestar transmission calibration for faster gearshifts, launch control and curve-hold functionality
Polestar Haldex calibration for more rear torque dynamic distribution
Polestar calibrated stability control system

Front: Polestar/Brembo 6 piston brake calipers
371x32 mm ventilated and floating Brembo discs
Rear: 302x22 mm ventilated disc

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