Volvo S60 Polestar is the Swedish answer to the Bmw M3 and Lexus IS F

Article by Christian A., on June 16, 2012

After an official teaser, Volvo revealed a new performance concept car based on the S60 sedan. Dubbed S60 Polestar, the new Volvo wants to take on the big boys such as the Bmw M3, Lexus IS F or the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. If the mentioned rivals are powered by big V8 engines, the Swedish sporty sedan carries a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine developing an impressive 508 hp and 575 Nm of torque (424 pound-feet torque).

In order to obtain all these numbers, Volvo engineers had to upgrade the engine with new cylinder head, combustion chambers, inlet manifold and intake but also with custom connecting rods and a new 3.5-inch stainless-steel exhaust system.

The new engine is bolted to a six-speed manual transmission. Due to the increased power, the Volvo S60 Polestar received a Haldex all-wheel drive system, new 19-inch alloy wheels which hide the Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers and 380 mm ventilated discs on the front and 302 mm at the rear. In terms of performance, the Volvo S60 Polestar is able to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph or 300 km/h.

The Volvo S60 Polestar has a total weight of 1640 kg and optimized weight distribution. Regarding the design, the S60 Polestar features revised front and rear bumpers, new side sills but also a customized interior with newly designed seats with increased support, Alcantara on all functional areas (steering wheel, gear knob and seats) and a centre console lowered for optimized gear-lever ergonomics.

Finally, the body of the S60 Polestar was lowered by 20 mm for better stability. The car you see in the photos was built for a specific client and according to the manufacturer there will be more if the market wants it.

New Volvo S60 Polestar – basically Volvo Polestar Racing’s version of the S60 race car was a result of a newly found cooperation between the two entities. While Volvo Polestar Racing was tinkering with the S60 race car, it was also developing a production road-going version of the vehicle. In fact, in the 2012 season, Volvo Polestar Racing is fielding four Volvo S60 race cars in the TTA Racing Elite League, a new racing series based in Sweden.

This marks the first time that a Polestar concept car was designed and developed with production in mind. When Polestar unveiled the Volvo C30 Polestar in 2010, there was huge interest from the public for a production version. But since the Volvo C30 Polestar was only designed for racing and by then Polestar was busy in rallying the Volvo C30 WTCC in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, the first Polestar didn’t make it to production. Polestar is now taking that miss as an opportunity to offer a new road-going car based on the new S60.

Thus, when Volvo decided to compete with the new S60 in 2011, Polestar moved to conduct a thorough research and evaluation of the new race car, daring to learn as much possible about the features and attributes of the new S60 race car. Polestar Marketing Director Hans Baath remarked that the new Volvo S60 Polestar is the spinoff of the group’s evaluation and development of the S60 for racing.

Now, new Volvo S60 Polestar will be a new model that aims to capture the hearts of fans and enthusiasts of the C30 Polestar. This new road-going model will be officially launched on June 16, 2012 at the third race round of the TTA series at Polestar's home track in Gothenburg, Sweden. Baath quipped that the feedback on the very first Volvo S60 Polestar would determine whether Polestar would build more of it.

Press Release

Polestar presents Volvo S60 Polestar performance concept

"We are proud to present Polestar's interpretation of the Volvo S60" says Christian Dahl, founder and CEO of Polestar. "It's a car developed with our own preferences in mind which, we from experience know, are shared by a group of active drivers"

The main focus when developing the car has been to combine a comfortable genuine Volvo driving experience with a high level of power and handling. The Volvo T6 engine has been tuned to deliver a considerable increase in power and torque. This, in combination with a lowered, widened and reinforced chassis together with a tuned Haldex all-wheel drive system and Öhlins suspension makes the car suitable for both high performance driving and long distance travelling.

Robert Dahlgren, Volvo Polestar racing driver, comments the driving experience: "to me the Volvo S60 is a very well sorted car from start. In our concept car we have developed chassis, engine and transmission just like we want it, and the result is a huge leap forward in terms of handling and performance. It is, by far, the most impressive street Volvo I've ever driven. But I must also say that the genuine Volvo feeling is still there. "

The car presented at Gothenburg CityArena is the first car built for one specific client. A small series of Polestar modified S60s may be built pending market response;

"Polestar's heart and soul is motorsport and our main focus is to deliver the absolute best results for Volvo on the track" say's Christian Dahl. "But over the years we have also seen a significant increase in demand for Volvo performance cars and parts and naturally we want to respond to this."

Technical specification

0-100 km/h 3.9s
Top speed more than 300km/h

Volvo T6 inline six (B6304T4)
508 hp @ 6500rpm
575Nm @ 5500rpm
Max rpm: 7100
Modified cylinder head and combustion chambers
Modified inlet manifold and air intake
Special manufactured conrods
Garret 3171 turbo
Ferrita 3.5" stainless steel exhaust system

Drive train
Reinforced M66C (close ratio) manual 6-speed gear box.
Haldex E-LSD in rear
Haldex Gen4 XWD

Tires 265/30R19
Rims Polestar 9,5X19"
Chassis lowered 30mm
Öhlins 3- way shock absorbers
Reinforced anti-roll bar front and rear
Track width increased 20 mm front and 40 mm rear
Polestar-tuned EHPAS steering
Stabilising X- members, front and rear.
Modified control-arms with uniballs front and rear.
Reinforced bushings in sub-frame and control-arms
Modified engine mounts

Total weight 1640kg and optimized weight distribution

Front Polestar-Brembo 6 piston calipers, 380 mm ventilated discs
Rear Polestar-Volvo calipers, 302 mm ventilated discs
Brake cooling air intakes from front

Based on tests in Volvo's wind-tunnel
Lowered front splitter and larger rear spoiler to reduce high speed lift
Carbon fiber diffusor
Body 20 mm widened front and rear

Polestar designed seats with increased support.
Alcantara on all functional areas steering wheel, gear knob, and seats to ensure maximum grip.
Centre console lowered for optimised gear-lever ergonomics.

Moving on from the legendary Volvo C30 Polestar, a new chapter in Polestar's 16 year cooperation with Volvo has started. Volvo Polestar Racing has entered four Volvo S60s for the 2012 season in the new Swedish racing series TTA - Racing Elite League. In parallel with the race-car development, a street-version of the S60 has also been developed. The official launch of the car, named Volvo S60 Polestar, will take place June 16th at the third race round of the TTA series held at Polestar's home track in downtown Gothenburg, Sweden.

"The performance concept road-car is a spinoff of our work evaluating and developing the S60 for racing." says Polestar Marketing Director Hans Bååth.

When the Volvo C30 Polestar was presented in 2010 it gained a massive global interest. Polestar was flooded with requests from people interested in buying the car. The first Polestar concept-car was however not designed with production in mind and at the time Polestar was also in the midst of campaigning the Volvo C30 WTCC in the FIA World Touring Car Championship. The first S60 Polestar is built for one of the most eager bidders for the C30 Polestar.

"Whether there will be more cars built is an open question. First of all we want to get feedback on this first prototype." Bååth continues.
When Volvo in 2011 decided to race with the new S60 model, Polestar started an intense research and evaluation-program to collect and compile vehicle data from the S60 platform. The final decision on what racing class to enter was yet to be taken and Polestar needed to learn as much as possible about the S60's built-in characteristics.

Jan Andersson, responsible for complete vehicle development at Polestar explains: "What we found was another very strong Volvo with great potential for motorsport applications and also an almost ideal platform for a road-going performance car. Volvo's engineers are known around the world for their achievements in car- and traffic-safety. What is less widely understood is that strong and safe cars also make great platforms for motorsport and performance."

Polestar has co-operated with Volvo since 1996 and has to date successfully raced five different Volvo models starting with the Volvo 850. Volvo bodies are strong and solid designs built to withstand extreme forces straight from the factory which make them ideal for building race cars. While in the S60 TTA car, almost every single part is designed and manufactured for racing purposes only, the S60 Polestar is to a great extent based on standard Volvo S60 T6 components.

Christian Dahl, CEO at Polestar: "The car we present is yet another result of our close co-operation were Polestar's motorsport and performance experience is combined with Volvo's in-depth knowledge about the car and its technology."

Exact specifications of the car will be revealed at the official launch June 16th at Gothenburg City Arena.

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