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The six-cylinder turbo-charged T6 engine has undergone extensive development with a new twin-scroll turbo and intercooler to produce 350 HP/258 kW at 5250 rpm and 500 Nm/369 lb-ft already at 3000-4750 rpm.
To reflect the increased performance of the S/V60 Polestar, positive aerodynamic effects have been achieved through subtle, yet efficient, modifications based on data from tests in the Volvo Cars wind tunnel.
The changes are visible with the front splitters, optimising the airflow underneath the car, as well as a new rear spoiler and diffusor, increasing the downforce.
The brake system has undergone substantial modifications. Most visible are the 371 millimetre ventilated front discs and six-piston Brembo calipers, guaranteeing a high level of braking performance.
Upgrades include modifications made to increase rigidity of the chassis to cater for the 80% stiffer springs relative to the standard S60 R-Design. These changes combined with the tailored, high performance Öhlins shock absorbers and 20” Polestar wheels results in a precise, yet comfortable, driving experience.
The six-speed automatic gearbox features a new paddle shift system that together with the Polestar developed Haldex four-wheel drive system takes the car from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and to a limited top speed of 250 km/h.
The gearbox as well as the four-wheel drive system and traction control system has been recalibrated in order to provide an active driving experience and maximum grip in all situations.
The new 20” bespoke Polestar rims, equipped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport 95 Y 245/35ZR20 tyres, are a vital part of the car, maximizing the grip level and adding to the sporty looks.
The six-cylinder turbo-charged T6 engine breathes through a 2.5” stainless steel exhaust system, making for a throaty engine note.
The interior has been reworked with new details, materials and Polestar colours, such as the steering wheel, seats and the pedals, with the sole purpose of increasing driver support and control.
The Polestar designed seats features a blend of black Nubuck textile and perforated leather with Polestar blue threading. The seats are designed to provide the driver with best possible support for active driving and at the same time long-journey comfort.
Developed from 19 years of motorsport experience, the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar is set for sale in 13 continents around the world in 2015. The cars features a 350 hp T6 engine, making the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.9 seconds, and an extensively developed chassis, all the right ingredients for a true driver’s car for all roads, all conditions and all year.
”We are proud to present the S60 and V60 Polestar. A car developed for those who share our passion at Polestar: That driving really matters and that a true driver’s car should enable you to enjoy driving all-year, on all roads and in all weather conditions. This is a driver’s car for real life,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
After substantially exceeding customer demand expectations in 2014, the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar gets a renewed production of 750 cars in 2015 and expands to 13 countries around the world.
”We are delighted to see the positive response from customers all over the world on our very first production car. This marks another important milestone for Polestar,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
After rolling out the cars to customers in eight countries last year, the S60 and V60 Polestar will be expanded to the Middle East for 2015, a region showing strong interest for Polestar. The new countries to get the MY16 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar include Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
“The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are selling faster than we expected, and we have, as a result decided to expand into new markets. Polestar remains an integral performance brand partner and this is a clear sign of confidence in the potential of this partnership,” said Anders H. Gustavsson, Vice President Special Vehicles at Volvo Car Group.
The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are designed to carry Polestar’s engineering philosophy to deliver an engaging, precise and confident driving experience in all weathers, on all roads and in all seasons.
”I have just returned from racing in Australia where I spent a lot of time behind the wheel of my Volvo S60 Polestar. First thing when I got back to Sweden, I picked up my Volvo V60 Polestar and drove it 1200 kilometres from Polestar to my home in the north of Sweden. I have lived with it in the harsh and hot conditions of Australia, as well as the cold and snowy Sweden and it delivers a great driving experience as well as driver confidence wherever you go,” said Robert Dahlgren, Polestar racing and development driver.
The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar will be available in Australia, Canada, England, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the USA during 2015.