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.