This special model marks the globalization of Polestar-derived Volvo performance cars. The first road-legal Polestar cars were launched in 2014 to limited markets. At present, 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 to up to 1500.
The performance engineers at Polestar have added a bigger turbo, new conrods, 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 V60 Polestar is 24 kilograms lighter over the front axle and 20 kgs lighter in total compared with the previous version.
The V60 Polestar traces its heritage to the new Volvo S60 Polestar TC1, the new World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) race car from Polestar Cyan Racing. The new road car uses the same base chassis and engine, and the philosophy of the team behind the development.
The race and road car feature a further developed four-cylinder Drive-E engine, with the two-liter, twin charged engine of the Volvo V60 Polestar producing 367 hp and 470 Nm. The changes compared with the standard T6 engine include a bigger turbo, new conrods, 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 8.1 l/100 km and 186 g/km of CO2, further proving the efficiency of Volvo’s Drive-E powertrain.
Other new features on the car include new 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels, Polestar-calibrated electro-assisted power steering and a new slotted front brake disc of 371 millimeters.
Prices for the new Volvo V60 Polestar will be announced at a later date, possibly in the fourth quarter of the year.