|Volvo’s involvement in the WTCC (World Touring Cars Championship) days are far gone. And, the Swedish Auto marque with its 17-year motorsports experience has now introduced the soon-to-be-unleashed Volvo S60 Polestar.|
Available in limited units for the Australian market, the Volvo S60 Polestar production variant now becomes a pilot project reality. The production variant shares stark resemblance to the 508hp Volvo S60 Polestar Concept car, even somewhat similar to the Volvo C30 that ran in the WTCC .
Key to the development of the Volvo S60 Polestar was the extensive work done on the chassis over thousands of test kilometers in Europe – from the fast autobahns in Germany to the twisty roads of southern Spain, and the freezing cold of northern Sweden.
Volvo Polestar Racing driver Robert Dahlgren, a 33-year-old Swede with 10 years as a Volvo factory racing driver under his belt, has been an integral part of the development work. Dahlgren explained, “The Volvo S60 Polestar is a car that we are truly proud of, our first step to a production car available to the customers.”
“We have taken the best bits of the standard S60 T6 and our S60 Polestar Concept Car, creating a vehicle that puts a smile on your face when you drive it over your favorite twisty road. At the same time, it is more than capable of everyday driving, too,” he added.
The Volvo S60 Polestar takes up Ohlins dampers, high capacity brakes and a highly-tuned chassis; much like Polestar’s race cars. In addition, a new aerodynamic package has also been developed, including a front splitter, rear wing and diffuser – all having been tweaked and modified in the Volvo Car Group wind tunnel in collaboration with the Volvo Research and Development team.
Powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo-charged Volvo T6 engine that’s mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with launch control and tuned 4WD system, the car pushes 350bhp and 500+ Nm of torque easy. The Volvo S60 Polestar’s powerplant is optimized with a more capable turbo, new intercooler, revised engine mapping and larger racing exhaust. All these translate to a 0 – 100 dash in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h.
Matt Braid, Managing Director of Volvo Cars Australia, commented, “The Australian market for performance cars is, and has always been, strong. We are delighted to be able to offer our customers the Volvo S60 Polestar, a car more than capable of getting into the thick of the action in this competitive segment of the market.”
The first Volvo S60 Polestars are expected to be delivered to customers in late June this year.
Engine: 6-cylinder inline T6 engine, 2953 cc
Power: 257kw (350bhp) @ 5700 rpm
Torque: 500+Nm @ 2800-4750rpm
Suspension settings: Polestar Öhlins, 2-way adjustable shock absorbers; Upgraded springs; Upgraded stabilizers front and rear; Upgraded rear tie blades; Upgraded top mount; toe link arms; and Strut brace with carbonfiber enforcement
Rims/Tyres: Bespoke Polestar rims, 8×19″ ET51/ 235/40R19, Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Weight: 1684kg (similar to the standard S60 T6 R-Design)
Brakes: Ventilated fronts (336×29 mm) and rears (302×22 mm)