Volvo has updated its hottest model for 2016, with the V60 Polestar estate gaining a raft of tweaks to make it faster and more efficient. It ditches the outgoing 3.0-litre straight-six for a twin-charged four-cylinder engine.
Available to order now for deliveries at the end of the year, the revised V60 Polestar gets no exterior tweaks. Instead, the Swedish brand's performance division has worked extensively under-the-skin to make it more competitive with rivals such as the new Audi S4 Avant.
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The new 2.0-litre four-cylinder 'Drive-E' petrol engine - taken from the XC90 T6 but extensively fettled - uses both turbo and supercharging to produce 362bhp and 470Nm of torque. That means a 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds, which is one-tenth quicker than the old six-pot could manage.
More impressively, efficiency has improved dramatically, with a claimed 34.9mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of just 186g/km. For comparison, the old model managed 27.7mpg and emitted 237g/km.
The V60 Polestar's BorgWarner four-wheel-drive system has been tweaked to send more power to the rear wheels, while Volvo's latest eight-speed automatic gearbox debuts with Polestar-specific mapping.
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Weight distribution has improved - mostly thanks to the lighter engine - with 24kg less weight over the front axle compared to the old car. Lighter 20-inch alloy wheels, recalibrated steering and new slotted 371mm brake discs complete the upgrades.
Volvo is also expanding the markets the Polestar-tuned V60 (and not-for-UK S60 Saloon) will be sold in. The new car will now be sold in 47 markets, up from 13, with production volumes to increase from 750 to between 1,250-1,500 units.
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