Volvo S60 Polestar

18 Apr, 2013 12:20pm Jimi Beckwith

First pictures and details have been released of the production-ready 350bhp Volvo S60 Polestar

This is the production-ready Volvo S60 Polestar. The high-performance saloon is Volvo’s answer to the Audi S4 and BMW 335i, and features a 3.0-litre T6 six-cylinder engine with 350bhp and more than 500Nm of torque.

Thanks to its launch control system, the S60 Polestar can complete the 0-62mph sprint in just 4.9 seconds, and will hit a claimed electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

In order to develop 350bhp, the engine features a new turbo and intercooler, a 2.5-inch stainless full-flow exhaust system with 3.5-inch tail pipes, and has a remapped ECU specially tweaked by Polestar. An automatic gearbox is the only transmission option, but this has also been tweaked for faster shifts.

In addition to the upgraded engine, Volvo has added Polestar-tuned Ohlins dampers, stiffer suspension springs, new anti-roll bars, Bremobo brakes. a carbon fibre strut brace and special 19-inch alloys.

Inside, tweaks over the standard S60 include numerous Polestar badges and a bespoke Polestar gearknob, doorsills and trims.

The upgraded car has been comprehensively tested in Sweden, Germany and Spain, with long-time Volvo Polestar Racing driver, Robert Dahlgren, doing much of the development driving.

Although the four-wheel-drive S60 Polestar is production ready, Volvo will initially only sell the car in the Australian market, due to high demand there for performance models.

The first production run will be limited to 100 units, with deliveries set to commence in late June. Volvo says that it is still considering launching the S60 Polestar into other markets, the outcome depending on the public’s reaction.

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What happened to calling fast volvo's 'R' models, isn't that the whole point of 'R-design' like S-line and M-sport to Audi and BMW respectively

R-Design is just that - its a trim level with some sporty bits added, Polestar are Volvo's approved tuner and a successful touring car team, they provide performance upgrades that don't affect your warranty, and they are also engaged with Volvo designing their new range of 4 cylinder engines, think of them as Volvo's "M" ,Audi's "RS" the partnership is still young but they are producing some seriously good working protypes.