POLESTAR, which in recent times has been teasing Volvo enthusiasts with the Volvo C30 and S60 concept cars, has finally unveiled the Volvo S60 Polestar production model.
“We have built a car that we want to drive,” said Polestar Managing Director Christian Dahl. “This is a driver’s car, bringing out the very best of the already competent Volvo S60 chassis with our experience and technology from motor sport.”
Volvo said a limited production run has been developed initially for the Australian market, with the first cars to be delivered in late June. Introduction of the S60 Polestar to other markets is expected to follow soon.
Key to the development of the S60 Polestar was the extensive work done on the chassis over thousands of test kilometers in Europe—from the fast autobahns in Germany to the twisty roads of southern Spain, and the freezing cold of northern Sweden, according to Volvo. The carmaker added that Volvo Polestar Racing driver Robert Dahlgren, who has 10 years of experience as a Volvo factory racing driver, has been an integral part of the development work.
The S60 Polestar shares equipment with the Polestar racing cars, and this includes dampers from Ohlins, high-capacity brakes, and an extensively developed chassis. A new aerodynamic package that counts a front splitter, rear wing and diffuser has also been added. Polestar tuned the six-cylinder, turbo-charged Volvo T6 engine with a bigger turbo, new intercooler, revised engine mapping and racing exhaust to produce 350 horsepower and 500 Newton-meter of torque. A six-speed automatic gearbox—which is fitted with launch control—sends the power to a Polestar-tuned Haldex 4WD system.