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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 17 years of motorsport experience, the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar is here, set for sale on four continents around the world in 2014. 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.
The cars are based on the latest generation Volvo S/V60 and marks the start of an extended Polestar production model range.
“With the introduction of the V60 model, we are proud to continue the heritage of fast Volvo estates like the racing 850 BTCC, a tradition deeply rooted among Volvo enthusiasts,” continued Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
Development of the car has been ongoing over the past years, picking up from the C30 and S60 Concept cars and the Australian S60 Polestar. Thousands of development kilometres have been driven on twisty mountain roads, on the Autobahn and test tracks from the south of Europe to the frozen north of Sweden.
”We have continued our work to create a true driver’s car which is not limited only to a few specific driving conditions, but enjoyable on everything from your favourite winding roads to taking the family for a long journey, no matter summer or winter. And in my view, we have gotten very close to our goals, something that of course is best experienced first-hand behind the wheel,” said Robert Dahlgren, Polestar racing and test driver.
The countries set for the S60 and V60 Polestar include Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.
”Our motorsport co-operation with Polestar has been going on for almost two decades and it is rewarding to see how Polestar can use their experiences from motorsport to engineer such an exciting and competent car,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.
“It is very satisfying to see how Polestar have been able to combine this level of driving performance in their interpretation of the S60 and V60 with maintained original service program, class leading safety features and certified fuel- and emission ratings. Customers buying this car will get the best from both Polestar and Volvo,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales & Customer Service of Volvo Cars Group.
Polestar will begin delivery of the new S60 and V60 Polestar in June 2014 to the local markets.
“We are all very excited and proud over our launch of two new cars as yet another step towards a range of Polestar Engineered Volvo cars available for people like us around the world. To do it together with Volvo, one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, is greatly satisfying and we look forward to an exciting future,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.