In addition to the unveiling of the Volvo S60 which debut as a concept at last year’s LA Motor Show, official Volvo factory racing team Polestar has revealed the identity of both the production ready S60 and the hot new Volvo V60.
Polestar performance engineeringPowering both models is a six-cylinder petrol engine delivering 257kW at 5700 rpm and 500Nm of torque at 2800 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission featuring a paddle shift system and a specially-tuned Haldex all-wheel drive system. This setup takes the car from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and to a limited top speed of 250 km/h.
To reflect the increased performance of both the Volvo V60 and S60 Polestar, the Swedish firm says the “positive aerodynamic effects were achieved through subtle, yet efficient, modifications based on data from tests in the Volvo Cars wind tunnel.”
Recalibrated featuresSome visible changes of the Volvo V60 and S60 Polestar include the front splitters, optimising the airflow underneath the car, as well as a new rear spoiler and diffuser, increasing down-force. There is also a new twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo, an intercooler and the tuner's stainless full-flow exhaust which make for a “throaty engine note”.
Stopping power is provided by the 371 mm ventilated front discs and six-piston Brembo callipers and 302x22 mm ventilated rear discs.
Additional upgrades include a stiffer chassis made to handle the new spring setup which is 80% stiffer relative to the standard Volvo’s R-Design line-up of cars. And tailored high performance Ohlins shock absorbers, as well as 20-inch alloy wheels shod in 245/35 R20 tyres.
The interior features Polestar blue accents on the steering wheel and seats along with upgrades that adapt to “increasing driver support and control.”
Deliveries of the Volvo V60 Polestar and S60 cars will begin in June 2014, and production numbers will be limited. However Volvo hasn’t said how many of these Polestar cars will be built.