After first unveiling the concept version at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Volvo S60 Polestar has finally made it to production. However, before you get too excited, you have to know that the new S60 Polestar will initially only be offered in the Australian market. Depending on the Australian reaction to the new model, Volvo will decide if other market will also get it or not.
When it comes to the exterior look, the production version remains pretty faithful to the concept, but unfortunately the concept’s amazing output didn’t make it to production. So, if you were hopping to see the same turbocharged, in-line six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 508 horsepower we have to tell you that you are going to be a little bit disappointed.
Even more bad news comes with the announcement that the S60 Polestar will be limited to only 100 units, so not even the Aussie market will get much of an opportunity to really enjoy it.
Updated 04/17/2013: The production version Volvo S60 Polestar has finally been unveiled, after a teaser video released the other days.
UPDATE 05/02/13: Polestar Racing has released a new video featuring racing and development driver Robert Dahlgren in a 4000 kilometer journey from Barcelona, Spain, to Jokkmokk, Sweden, in the final stages of the development of its first production Polestar model: the Volvo S60 Polestar.
Hit the jump to read more on the new Volvo S60 Polestar.
The new Volvo S60 Polestar will be distinguished by an impressive aerodynamic package developed in collaboration with the Volvo Research and Development team and heavily tested in the wind tunnel. The package includes a front splitter, rear wing and diffuser.
The car’s cool blue exterior paint has been combined with black exterior mirrors and numerous Polestar badges on the door trims and the front grille.
Volvo didn’t give us too many details on the interior with the exception of a chart that highlights some of the changes from the base S60. These changes include Polestar door trims, shifter knob, and limited edition plate on the door sills and the steering wheel.
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.
As a result, it will deliver a total of 350 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. The engine will be mated to a Polestar-tuned six-speed automatic gearbox and will sprint the sports sedan from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph, which is considerable slower than the concept’s 3.9-second 0-to-60 mph time and 186 mph top speed.
| Engine || 6-cylinder inline T6 engine|
| Displacement || 2953 cc |
| Power || 257kw (350bhp) @ 5700 rpm |
| Torque || 500+Nm @ 2800-4750rpm |
| Engine max rev || Max 6500 RPM |
| 0-100 km/h || 4.9 sec |
| Top speed || 250 km/h - limited |
Suspensions and brakes
The technology behind the new S60 Polestar has been developed in cooperation with Volvo Polestar Racing driver Robert Dahlgren and then extremely tested on all kinds of road in Europe.
The model will be offered with technologies from the Polestar racing cars, like dampers from Öhlins, high capacity brakes, and the highly-tuned chassis.
- Polestar Öhlins, 2-way adjustable shock absorbers
- o 60N/mm front, 65N/mm rear springs (80% stiffer than stock)
- Upgraded stabilizers front and rear
- Upgraded rear tie blades
- Upgraded top mount in front and rear
- Upgraded toe link arms in rear
- Strut brace with carbon-fiber enforcement
- 235/40R19, Michelin Pilot Super Sport
- Bespoke Polestar rims, 8-by-19-inch ET51
- 336-by-29 mm (13.22-by-1.14-inch) ventilated front discs
- Jurid 958 performance front brake pads
- 302-by-22 mm (11.88-by-0.86-inch) ventilated rear discs
- HP2000 Brembo performance rear brake pads
Prices for the new Volvo S60 Polestar will be announced at a later date.
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Sedan
If the S60 Polestar is, in fact, only made for the Australian market, then the C63 AMG will definitely be its No. 1 competitor. With its 6,208 cc (6.2-liter) V-8 engine that cranks out 336 kW (450 horsepower), the C63 AMG is way more powerful than the S60 Polestar in terms of raw power. Where the Polestar will likely makes up ground is in its pricing, as it will likely come in far cheaper than the C63 AMG. Plus, at only 100 units, it will be more exclusive.
We can only assume that BMW Australia will inherit the same naming system as we will get in the U.S. next year, so this means that the M3 sedan would also return to the dealers “down under.” Rumors are pointing toward the new M3 getting an in-line six-cylinder engine that will feature two or three turbochargers to pump the engine to well over 450 horsepower. Much like the Mercedes, the BMW dominates in power when compared to what’s under the S60’s hood, but it will certainly be far more expensive than the Volvo.
The new S60 Polestar could have been the coolest model ever offered by Volvo. That is, of course, if Volvo would have followed the path started with the concept version. Unfortunately, the production version is far less impressive than the concept, but it is still a nice addition to the company’s lineup.
Lots of Polestar updates
Not as powerful as the concept
Not as fast as the concept
Developed from 17 years of motorsport experience, and sharing DNA with the 508bhp Volvo S60 Polestar Concept Car, the first road car from Polestar to be put into production is here - the Volvo S60 Polestar.
"We have built a car that we, as car enthusiasts, want to drive," says Christian Dahl, Managing Director of Polestar. "This is a driver’s car, bringing out the very best of the already competent Volvo S60 chassis with our experience and technology from motorsport.
"We received a fantastic response to our Volvo C30 and S60 Polestar concept cars, so we are very happy to now introduce our first production car to the Australian market. This is an important step forward for Polestar, one that promises an exciting future."
Australia pilot market for limited edition project
A limited production run has been developed exclusively for the Australian market as a pilot project, with the first cars being delivered to customers in late June 2013. Introduction of the Volvo S60 Polestar to further markets is under investigation pending the response of the Australian introduction.
"The Australian market for performance cars is, and has always been, strong," says Matt Braid, Managing Director of Volvo Cars Australia. "We are delighted to be able to offer our customers the Volvo S60 Polestar, a car more than capable of getting into the thick of the action in this competitive segment of the market.
"The work done by Polestar on the S60 is impressive to say the least - they have transformed the already fun to drive Volvo S60 into a great handling driver’s car."
Extensive chassis development - by racing drivers
Key to the development of the Volvo S60 Polestar was the extensive work done on the chassis over thousands of test kilometers in Europe - from the fast autobahns in Germany to the twisty roads of southern Spain, and the freezing cold of northern Sweden.
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.
"The Volvo S60 Polestar is a car that we are truly proud of, our first step to a production car available to the customers," said Robert Dahlgren, Volvo Polestar Racing driver.
"We have taken the best bits of the standard S60 T6 and our S60 Polestar Concept Car, creating a vehicle that puts a smile on your face when you drive it over your favourite twisty road. At the same time, it is more than capable of everyday driving, too.
"This is, in my eyes, a very good combination of the Volvo and Polestar core values: safety and performance."
Cutting-edge technology straight from the racetrack
Just as important as the men and women from Polestar who developed the car is the technology underneath it.
The Volvo S60 Polestar shares technology from the Polestar racing cars, like dampers from Öhlins, high capacity brakes, and the extensively developed, highly-tuned chassis.
A new aerodynamic package has also been developed, including a front splitter, rear wing and diffuser - all having been tweaked and modified in the Volvo Car Group wind tunnel in collaboration with the Volvo Research and Development team.
The six-cylinder turbo-charged Volvo T6 engine has been optimised by Polestar with a bigger turbo, new intercooler, revised engine mapping and racing exhaust to produce 350bhp or 257kW and 500+Nm.
The S60 Polestar accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds, via a Polestar-tuned six-speed automatic gearbox - which also features a launch control system - and a Polestar-tuned Haldex 4WD system. The car is governed to a top speed of 250km/h.