Volvo has revealed the Volvo S60 and Volvo V60 Polestar for model year 2014 and both the cars are confirmed to arrive in Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA. While the S60 and V60 Polestar will be available globally, Volvo Cars, in the UK, will offer the new V60 Polestar in limited quantity and that too on call.
”We are proud to present the S60 and V60 Polestar. A car developed for those who share our passion at Polestar: That driving really matters and that a true driver’s car should enable you to enjoy driving all year, on all roads and in all weather conditions. This is a driver’s car for real life,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
“With the introduction of the V60 model, we are proud to continue the heritage of fast Volvo estates like the racing 850 BTCC, a tradition deeply rooted among Volvo enthusiasts,” continued Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.
”Our motorsport co-operation with Polestar has been going on for almost two decades and it is rewarding to see how Polestar can use their experiences from motorsport to engineer such an exciting and competent car,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director at Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars).
“It is very satisfying to see how Polestar have been able to combine this level of driving performance in their interpretation of the S60 and V60 with maintained original service program, class leading safety features and certified fuel and emission ratings. Customers buying this car will get the best from both Polestar and Volvo,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales & Customer Service at Volvo Cars.
The car is powered by a six-cylinder turbo-charged T6 engine featuring a new twin-scroll turbo and intercooler. It produces peak power of 350 HP/257 kW at 5700 rpm and 500 Nm/369 lb-ft of torque at 2800 rpm. To impart a throaty note to this powerful engine, there is a 2.5” stainless steel exhaust system. The engine is coupled to a six-speed automatic gearbox with a new paddle shift system and a Polestar developed Haldex four-wheel drive system. The complete setup helps the car sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds with a limited top speed 155 mph.
The V60 Polestar features an upgraded and more rigid chassis with 80 percent stiffer springs, complemented by high performance Öhlins shock absorbers and 20” Polestar wheels. The brake system now includes 371 millimetre ventilated front discs and six-piston Brembo calipers for high level of braking performance.
The inside of the car has been completely reworked and features new details, materials and Polestar colours. Areas like the steering wheel and seats have been given special attention. ”All in all we have taken a major step forward in all areas, from chassis and engine to interior and exterior details. Development work has been focused on the overall package in order to create a car that you want to use every day, both from a practical and emotional perspective,” said Henrik Fries, S/V60 Polestar Technical Project Manager.
Polestar will start delivering the new S60 and V60 Polestar models in June 2014.
2014 Volvo V60 Technical Specifications
0-62 mph 4.9 sec
0-124 mph 17.7 sec
Top speed 155 mph – Electronically limited
Polestar Öhlins shock absorber system
Polestar bespoke rims, 8×20” ET53 with 245/35R20 tyres
6-cylinder inline T6 engine, 2953 cc
350 hp @ 5700 rpm
500 Nm (369 lb-ft) @ 2800-4750 rpm
Max 6500 rpm
New twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo
Polestar 2.5” stainless full-flow exhaust system with twin 3.5” tail pipes
V60 Polestar: 1822 kg
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
371×32 mm ventilated and floating Brembo discs
Rear: 302×22 mm ventilated discs