If you’re looking for a rival to the BMW M3 or Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG at Volvo, you won’t find one. Sure, there is the R-Design series, and Polestar has released software tweaks that boost horsepower, but hardcore enthusiasts are looking for something a bit more.
Volvo tried its hand at more substantial performance upgrades with models like the S60R, but quickly abandoned them. Now, thanks to aftermarket tuner Polestar and its cooperation with Volvo, we could see them entering the segment once again. Two weeks ago, it was reported that Volvo and Polestar were working on a performance model of the S60.
At a recent Polestar event we spoke with some executives who alluded to bigger plans they had in the works. The cooperation between Polestar and Volvo is clearly growing. Today, Volvo has confirmed that news. The report said the car would be announced sometime in 2013 though, so this is way ahead of time. The project must be farther along than anyone had anticipated. Volvo’s statement is sparse, saying only:
“Introducing the Volvo S60 Polestar. Debuting June 16th at the Gothenburg City Race. Stay tuned for more.” The car in the image is clearly one with sporting intentions, finished in signature Polestar blue. The engine under the hood is what we’re looking forward to hearing about though. The current S60 is no slouch however; it hits 0-60 in 6.1 seconds, powered by Volvo’s 3.0-liter six-cylinder making 300 horsepower. Speculation has centered around the Polestar model getting the 4.4-liter Yamaha V-8 found in the S80 sedan and XC90 SUV. V-8, in the S60? That would signal a major effort that is far more than just a tuning package. As such, we doubt that will be the case. But, we’ll take Volvo’s advice and stay tuned for more details. The S60 Polestar is scheduled to debut on June 16th.