As a result, it will deliver a total of 350 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. Other performance specs should include dampers from Öhlins, high capacity brakes, and an extensively developed, highly-tuned chassis. The land down under was used as a testbed for the sale of the first production Polestar Volvos, with the if the results proved positive; it looks like they must have, as we now have the first spy shots of a V60 Polestar testing at the Nürburgring. More importantly, the ride quality of these wheels and tires is surprisingly comfy—at least on Swedish roads. Under the hood of the new S60 Polestar, you will get a six-cylinder turbocharged Volvo T6 engine optimized by Polestar with a bigger turbo, new intercooler, revised engine mapping and a new racing exhaust system. Polestar tuned the V60's suspension on the racetrack, and it shows.
The very idea of a Volvo estate designed to accelerate at warp speed, grip the tarmac like a long-lost brother and sling its way around corners with the obsessiveness of a bobsleigh on an ice run would be likely to strike one as a cultural anomaly Here comes Polestar, though. Even more bad news comes with the announcement that the Polestar will be limited to only 100 units, so not even the Aussie market will get much of an opportunity to really enjoy it. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings. It's unfortunate that Polestar couldn't replace the Volvo V60's instrument cluster with plain old analog gauges. As I mentioned earlier, this is the production intent S60 Polestar.
Sport mode also recalibrates the all-wheel-drive system to send more torque to the rear axle when you need it. Polestar is proud that the Michelins Pilot Super Sports are, in fact, the same ones Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg uses. A launch overseas should take place in the second half of 2014. In the other cars, the brake pedal was essentially sitting on the floor after a few laps. Also, the addition of the Michelin Pilot Super Sports is excellent.
Let's start with what it currently is. Expect the V60 Polestar to turn in 0-60 times in under 5. With its 6,208 cc 6. Sport mode also opens the baffles on the exhaust and lets the Polestar unleash its inner Brian Blessed. Meanwhile, in the only unsure touch, the gearlever features a somewhat cheesy clear plastic knob that could have been the product of an afternoon with a Plasticraft paperweight-making set. Hard means cost, and cost means that small, upstart companies can't take the risk. The only thing that I found to ruin the atmosphere was a horrible drone from the tyres at motorway speeds, especially on concrete roads.
All that new-fangled plumbing and programming is good for 350 horsepower and a very underrated 369 lb-ft of torque. Same goes for the Volvo stuff. The market for big, fast, thirsty estates is small but if Volvo and Polestar can make this work then we can expect to see a lot more of this partnership in the future. I was told off the record that actual torque is right around 550 Newton Meters, or 406 lb-ft of American torque. The steering is incredibly sharp, responsive and, surprisingly for a Volvo, actually gives you some clues about how much grip is available. The off-the-shelf bits aren't good enough. The other item being worked out is the brakes.
It has the best weighting. Do you know what the most surprising thing about this scene is? This is an exceptional motorway car, which will be soul-destroying for many German car owners. Since about half of Polestar's 50 or so employees work developing Volvo's race cars for both the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship and Australian V8 Supercars, that expertise is felt in the bones of the V60 Polestar. Plus, the Polestar is the only one that can boast Brembo stoppers, bespoke Öhlins dampers and a tuneful exhaust. The car windows are down, sunroof open, all to let the tall buildings lining the main road bounce the spine-tingling sound of six cylinders back towards my ears. Lift the hood and the only visible performance modification is a delicate-looking carbon-fiber strut-tower brace.
Polestar left the guts of the 6-speed automatic transmission and the Haldex all-wheel drive system untouched. That really is an enticing prospect. The car was a 350hp high-performance version of the standard Volvo V60, based on the 508hp S60 Polestar Concept from 2012, and was at first developed exclusively for the Australian market as a pilot project. Drive on the S60 Polestar is sent to all four wheels, and we expect the same for the V60 Polestar. Instead of resonators or piping engine sounds through the speakers the Polestar relies on proper engine sounds and stainless steel tubing, and it sounds all the better for it.
Exterior The new Volvo S60 Polestar will be distinguished by an impressive aerodynamic package developed in collaboration with the Research and Development team and heavily tested in the wind tunnel. And paint the calipers yellow. Yeah, sure, Polestar did a nice job with the parts Volvo supplied, but the result falls short. The downside is a ride that occasionally crosses over to the wrong side of firm. Ever imagined a V60 burning up the back straight with flames fanning out of its exhaust pipes? An independent company based in Gothenburg, it has partnered Volvo in motor sport since 1996. Story The first Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar cars have left the Volvo Torslanda factory plant on their way to customers around the world as production has begun.
In the Brembo-equipped car, the fade was considerably less. The quality of the engineering and testing shows that this is much more than a simple aftermarket tuner job. This actually seemed to happen. Adaptive cruise, active xenon headlights, heated seats front and rear and a fantastic sound system give the Polestar a real split personality. The springs are 80 percent stiffer and the formerly wimpy strut brace has been reinforced with carbon fiber.
The question, then, may not be whether you dare to be different, but whether you can afford to be. 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. Polestar recalibrated and reprogrammed Volvo's familiar six-speed automatic to the best of its ability, but it's just not good enough. So what exactly is it? The front springs are a massive 80 per cent stiffer than the already battle-hardened R-Design. On the Ring Knutstorp they made a huge difference. Never intrusive, even on the motorway, it gives the V60 Polestar huge amounts of character. Behind the wheel you will see Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren.