Our spy photographers have snapped the first pictures of the Volvo V60 Polestar - the latest high-performance product to be developed by Volvo's official tuning partner. Spotted wearing a light disguise at the Nurburgring in Germany, the Volvo V60 Polestar follows the limited-run S60 Polestar saloon, which has been introduced in Australia first, to see if there's enough customer demand for a high-performance Volvo.
Familiar Polestar design cues are in evidence, including the signature baby blue paint and large alloy wheels. Beneath the camouflage, visual upgrades include a more aggressive body kit and rear diffuser, flanked by twin tailpipes.
The V60 Polestar estate is Volvo's answer to the Audi RS4 Avant and BMW 335i Touring. Under the bonnet, the 350bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine from the S60 Polestar could be adopted – with the hike in power over the standard 300bhp motor coming from bigger turbos, revised engine mapping, a new intercooler and a racing exhaust.
Power is expected to be delivered through the same Haldex all-wheel drive system and six-speed automatic gearbox as the S60 Polestar.
To help manage the increase in performance, Volvo is likely to carry over the Polestar-tuned Ohlins dampers, stiffer suspension springs, anti-roll bars, Brembo brakes and carbon fibre strut brace from the S60 Polestar.
Volvo is yet to confirm whether the V60 Polestar estate will be available globally or only in certain markets, but it is likely to be added to the Australian line-up, where there's plenty of appetite for high-power estate models like the V8-powered Holden HSV Tourer.