Recently, an aggressive-looking Volvo S60 was spotted testing. Worldcarfans reported that the car was a super S60 aimed at the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, slated for a launch in 2013. Volvo quickly followed up with a confirmation of the car’s existence, but as a one off (for now). The result is the S60 Polestar, and its unlike any S60 we’ve seen. 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds for a Volvo sedan?
How is that for turning perceptions on their head? A reputation can be a hard thing to shake. Once you get known for something, it can be long-lasting. Volvo, of course, has a reputation for safety. And that’s a good thing, but it doesn’t quite jibe with screaming performance. That’s probably why Volvo never was too successful with its R line of cars. But, after introducing R-Design models and initiating a cooperation with Polestar, we’ve seen more of focus on a sporting aspect.
We’d be willing to say a lot of minds could be changed with a model like this. The S60 Polestar comes with 508 horsepower and 424 pound feet of torque, up by 208 hp and 99 lb-ft from the standard car. Unlike some speculation (which we doubted), the S60 didn’t get the Yahama V-8 from the S80 and XC90. Instead, a higher capacity Garret turbocharger was fitted. This power is routed through a six-speed manual and upgraded Haldex all-wheel drive system. With the standard S60 being front-wheel drive, having AWD fitted helps with performance and handling significantly. What’s more is today’s systems often have the capability of routing a majority of the power to the rear wheels if needed.
On the exterior, the S60 looks the part too, finished in Polestar’s signature blue color. The body kit results in a car that 0.7 inches wider, and the suspension has been lowered by about 1.1 inches. The front track is widened by 0.7 inches in the front and 1.5 inches out back. With all that added power, the chassis has been reinforced and it includes an Ohlins three-way suspension. Not only is power up, but even after all the upgrades weight is down by 204 pounds. Volvo says the S60 Polestar is a one-off for now, but they’re leaving the door open. Given they’ve put such a spotlight on the car, we think there is more to this story. Far more than just some tweaks, this is a very comprehensive performance package for the S60…..and is just begging to be produced.