|Derived from the Volvo Polestar Concept, the limited-edition Volvo S60 and V60 are premiering in U.S. for the first time at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. (click to enlarge)|
With a host of upgrades, from the exterior all the way through to the chassis, the latest Polestar-inspired cars incorporate numerous adjustments and updates to numerous facets. The result is a wagon and sedan that are at home on any road in any condition, and that will undoubtedly enhance the everyday driving experience.
Volvo S60, V60 Polestar edition spots bold exterior motifs
Starting with the exterior, the Polestar editions, available in Black Sapphire or Rebel Blue, carry a number of aerodynamic elements borne directly out of Volvo’s and Polestar’s wind tunnel testing. New front and rear splitters increase overall down force and allow for more streamlined airflow, as do the new rear spoiler and diffuser.
Inside, upgraded seats, steering wheel, and other items throughout the cabin have been treated with new materials and Polestar-specific colors for an even more engaging feel for the driver and passengers.
Chassis upgrades include a more rigid structure overall, with new springs that are 80 percent stiffer than those available on the S60 R-Design. High-performance Öhlins shock absorbers and 20-inch Polestar-exclusive wheels round out the customized handling package.
For greater stopping power, Polestar has included 14.6-inch ventilated front discs matched with six-piston Brembo calipers, and 11.8 inch ventilated discs at the rear.
Under the hood, the V60 and S60 Polestar feature Volvo’s venerated turbocharged T6 six cylinder engine, complete with an all-new, twin-scroll turbo as well as a new intercooler. Tweaks to the engine management software have also been made, and the 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust with 3.5-inch tips, finish out the package.
The T6 powerplant produces 345 hp at 5700 rpm, and 369 lbs.-feet of torque at 2800 rpm. A six-speed automatic gearbox with a new paddle shift system and Polestar-developed, Haldex four-wheel drive system put the power to the road to carry the V60 and S60 Polestar to 62 mph (100km) from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds.
Only 120 Polestar cars are made available for the U.S., and the limited editions are scheduled to hit dealerships beginning June. Prices for the performance-oriented cars have not been confirmed at this point in time.
2014 Volvo S60, V60 Polestar edition (U.S.) specifications
0-60 mph 4.9 sec
Top speed: 155 mph – Electronically limited
Polestar Öhlins shock absorber system
Polestar bespoke rims, 20×8 inch ET53 with 245/35R20 tires
6-cylinder inline T6 engine, 2953 cc
345 hp (SAE) @ 5700 rpm
369 lbs.-feet @ 2800-4750 rpm,Max 6500 rpm
New twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo
AWF21 automatic gearbox with paddle shift system
Polestar transmission calibration for faster gearshifts, launch control and curve-hold functionality
Polestar Haldex calibration for more rear torque dynamic distribution
Polestar calibrated stability control system
Front: Polestar/Brembo 6 piston brake calipers
14.6 inch (371×32 mm) ventilated and floating Brembo discs
Rear: 11.8 inch (302×22 mm) ventilated disc
Polestar 2.5 inch stainless full-flow exhaust system with twin 3.5 inch tail pipes
S60 Polestar: 3528 lb
V60 Polestar: 3790 lb