Volvo Cars and Polestar, the performance brand owned by the premium car maker, recently announced the launch of the quickest cars they have ever made – the new 367-horsepower Polestar S60 sedan and V60 wagon.
Both cars make the zero to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) sprint in 4.7 seconds and are limited to a top speed of 155 mph (248 kph), powered by a specially-enhanced version of Volvo’s award-winning four cylinder Drive-E power train.
Polestar has taken an original V60 and S60 and added a bigger turbo, a supercharger, new connector rods, new camshafts, a larger air intake and a higher capacity fuel pump to augment the engine, and matched it with a BorgWarner four-wheel drive system and the new Polestar-optimized eight-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox.
On top of this new performance-optimized equipment, Polestar has radically reduced the car’s weight. The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are 53 pounds lighter over the front axle and 44 pounds lighter in total compared to the previous model years.
“These cars are properly quick,” said Niels Möller, chief operating officer of Polestar. “But they are more than that. They combine Polestar’s 20 years racing pedigree with Volvo’s inherent pragmatism and engineering heritage. These are very quick cars that you can use every day of the year.”
These two new models also mark the globalization of the Polestar brand.
The first road legal Polestar cars were launched in 2014 to limited markets. Polestar is delighted to announce that it is expanding the number of markets where a Polestar will be sold from 13 to 47 and doubling production volume from 750 cars a year up to 1,500.
Both cars trace their heritage to the new Volvo S60 Polestar TC1, the all-new FIA (International Automobile Federation) World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) race car from Polestar Cyan Racing. The new road cars use the same base chassis, engine and philosophy of the team behind the development.
“While used in vastly different ways, these cars share more than just technology. The core philosophy is the same, developed by people with the same passion. It is about creating performance that can be used in all situations, no matter if it’s about winning a championship or being able to enjoy a safe, functional and fun-to-drive car all year,” said Thed Björk, Polestar Cyan Racing race and development driver.
New engine components
The race and road car feature a further developed four-cylinder Drive-E engine, with the 2.0-liter, twin-charged engine of the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar producing 367 horsepower and 347 foot-pounds (470 Newton-meters) -of torque. The changes compared to the standard T6 engine include a bigger turbo, new con-rods, new camshafts, a larger air intake and a higher capacity fuel pump.
Despite the increased performance, fuel consumption and emissions are at a class-leading level of 7.8 liter per 100 kilometers and 179 CO2 grams per kilometer, further proving the efficiency of Volvo’s Drive-E power train.
Part of the improved performance and especially handling compared to the previous model years is an optimized weight distribution.
“All changes made to the car are about improving drivability and efficiency. The base of the new engine carries motor sports technology with solutions like the combination of turbo and supercharger, lightweight materials and more. This works hand-in-hand with our core philosophy and has enabled us to evolve the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar,” said Henrik Fries, vice president for Research and Development at Polestar.
Other new features on the cars include a new 20-inch lightweight rim, Polestar calibrated electro-assisted power steering and a new slotted brake disc of 371 millimeters.