In 2014, Polestar introduced a new version of its souped-up V60, launching on four continents in more than seven markets, including the U.S. For 2016, only a few months after Volvo purchased the Polestar brand, the performance-oriented V60 returns to North America as limited-edition model.

According to a recent announcement by Volvo Cars of North America, only 265 V60 and S60 vehicles will be imported to the U.S. for the 2016 model year, 60 percent of which will be V60s. That’s around 160 wagons, which means U.S. allocation will sell out quickly, turning the V60 Polestar into an exclusive rig on these shores.

The V60 Polestar remains mostly unchanged for the 2016 model year, featuring the same drivetrain and long list of standard equipment, as well as over 70 alterations and upgrades Polestar made to the standard V60.

"This is a performance vehicle that combines Polestar’s racing experience with Volvo Cars’ exceptional ability to build everyday cars. It is a rare combination that is hard for others to duplicate successfully," said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America.

Continue reading for the full story.

  • 2016 Volvo V60 Polestar
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  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    350 @ 5700
  • Torque @ RPM:
    369 @ 2800
  • Displacement:
    2953 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    42500 (Est.)
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Identical to last year’s model, the 2016 V60 Polestar is the same sporty-looking wagon the brand launched in 2014. Compared to the standard model, it received a revised front bumper with a race-inspired splitter, a new rear bumper with a reworked diffuser, and a redesigned spoiler atop the tailgate. New, lighter wheels also help Polestar models stand out in a crowd.

The only change for the 2016 model year comes in the paint department. Previously available in the already iconic Rebel Blue and Black Sapphire, the performance coupe can now also be ordered in Ice White and Bright Silver.


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Despite being a performance-oriented model, the V60 Polestar comes with a rather subdued interior that’s not too different from the standard model. Main differences include a sportier steering wheel, revised seats, sporty pedals, bespoke floor mats, and a range of Polestar-branded items. Of course, upholstery options include the Polestar-specific materials and colors. Speaking of materials, nearly every surface feels soft, and the fit and finish match those of premium German cars.


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The drivetrain also remained unaltered, but that’s actually good news, as the current V60 Polestar is a potent wagon. Motivating this grocery-getter is a turbocharged, 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine rated at 350 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The unit mates to a six-speed automatic and a Haldex all-wheel-drive system. Sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in the V60 Polestar takes only 4.9 seconds, while 124 mph comes in 17.7 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

The drivetrain is not the only feature Polestar recalibrated for increased performance. The chassis includes modifications made to increase rigidity, with stiffer springs and high-performance Ohlins shock absorbers. The wagon rides on 20-inch Polestar wheels and uses ventilated discs and Brembo calipers for stopping power.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 6-cylinder inline T6 engine
Displacement 2953 cc
Output 350 HP @ 5,700 RPM
Torque 369 LB-FT @ 2,800-4,750 RPM
0-100 km/h 4.9 sec
0-200 km/h 17.7 sec
80-120 km/h 4.7 sec
Top speed 250 km/h / 155 mph – Electronically limited


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Pricing for the V60 Polestar has not yet been announced, but more information should become available as the wagons go on sale this summer. Expect it to cost significantly more than the standard V60, priced from $35,950.


2016 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

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Finding a proper competitor for the V60 Polestar in the U.S. is basically impossible. The only other performance wagon offered here is the 2014 Mercedes-AMG E63 S, which is not only larger, but also a lot more powerful too, at 577 horsepower. In the compact segment, Mercedes sells just the sedan version of the C-Class, while Audi only offers the A4-based 2013 Audi A4 Allroad. This pretty much leaves us with the BMW 328i Sports Wagon as the closest competitor to the V60 Polestar.

However, going for the Bimmer means you have to settle for significantly less power, as the 2.0-liter four-pot under its hood is good for only 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Granted, the German wagon is no slouch with a 0-to-60 mph sprint of six seconds, but it’s no M model either. And while BMWs are famous for their sporty dynamics, the Sports Wagon is no match for the V60 Polestar’s race-bred underpinnings.

You can have the Sports Wagon equipped with an M Sport package for a more aggressive appearance, but it won’t make it go faster. Pricing starts from $41,950 and the M Sport bundle adds another $3,500.

Read more about the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon here.


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It’s good to see the V60 Polestar return to the U.S. for 2016, even though Volvo’s allocation for North America will likely upset a lot of enthusiasts. Hopefully, 2017 will see more Polestars in U.S. showrooms, especially now that Volvo has acquired the brand and expressed intention to increase production of performance models. 2017 should also bring an upgraded V60, though I can’t say the current model looks and feels dated. Meanwhile, the V60 Polestar remains the only performance compact wagon on offer in the U.S., which is worrying to say the least.

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Press Release

The new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are here, set for sale on four continents around the world in 2014. The countries set for the S60 and V60 Polestar include Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA, with further markets and final production numbers to be revealed next year.

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”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.

All-year performance

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The car is based on the latest generation Volvo S/V60 and marks the start of an extended Polestar production model range. Development of the car has been ongoing over the past years, picking up from the C30 and S60 Concept cars and the Australian S60 Polestar. Thousands of development kilometres have been driven on twisty mountain roads, on the Autobahn and test tracks from the south of Europe to the frozen north of Sweden.

”We have continued our work to create a true driver’s car which is not limited only to a few specific driving conditions, but enjoyable on everything from your favourite winding roads to taking the family for a long journey, no matter summer or winter. And in my view, we have gotten very close to our goals, something that of course is best experienced first-hand behind the wheel,” said Robert Dahlgren, Polestar racing and test driver.

Polestar performance engineering


Upgrades include modifications made to increase rigidity of the chassis to cater for the 80% stiffer springs relative to the standard S60 R-Design. These changes combined with the tailored high performance Öhlins shock absorbers and 20” Polestar wheels results in a precise, yet comfortable, driving experience.


The brake system has undergone substantial modifications. Most visible are the 371 millimetre ventilated front discs and six-piston Brembo calipers, guaranteeing a high level of braking performance.


To reflect the increased performance of the S/V60 Polestar, positive aerodynamic effects have been achieved through subtle, yet efficient, modifications based on data from tests in the Volvo Cars wind tunnel. The changes are visible with the front splitters, optimising the airflow underneath the car, as well as a new rear spoiler and diffusor, increasing downforce.


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The six-cylinder turbo-charged T6 engine has undergone extensive development with a new twin-scroll turbo and intercooler to produce 350 HP/257 kW at 5700 rpm and 500 Nm/369 lb-ft already at 2800 rpm. The engine breathes through a 2.5” stainless steel exhaust system, making for a throaty engine note.


The six-speed automatic gearbox features a new paddle shift system that together with the Polestar developed Haldex four-wheel drive system takes the car from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and to a limited top speed of 250 km/h. The gearbox as well as the four-wheel drive system and traction control system has been recalibrated in order to provide an active driving experience and maximum grip in all situations.


The interior has been reworked with new details, materials and Polestar colours, such as the steering wheel, seats and more, with the sole purpose of increasing driver support and control.

”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.

Sales and delivery

Polestar will begin delivery of the new S60 and V60 Polestar in June 2014 to the local markets.

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“We are all very excited and proud over our launch of two new cars as yet another step towards a range of Polestar Engineered Volvo cars available for people like us around the world. To do it together with Volvo, one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, is greatly satisfying and we look forward to an exciting future,” said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

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