Go faster, Swedish style

Volvo took a title win in the FIA World Touring Car Championship this year thanks to the efforts of Cyan Racing and its S60 Polestar TC1 racer. Leading the charge was driver Thed Bjork, who also managed to grab the Driver’s Championship, making him the first Swede to “win a motor racing world title” according to Volvo. In recognition of that, the brand is releasing upgraded iterations of the S60 sedan and V60 wagon dubbed the Polestar Performance World Champion Edition.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar Champion Edition.

What Makes The Volvo S60 And V60 Polestar Champion Edition Special

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These machines come from Polestar, a dedicated tuner and performance company that specializes in making fast Volvos

Volvo released updates for the S60 and V60 just a few years ago and recently announced the arrival of a third generation for the 2019 model year. That makes these hot-to-trot iterations well timed to take advantage of any renewed interest in the nameplates before the arrival of the all-new models sometime next year.

Luckily, these aren’t some poseur special editions with a little black trim in the cabin and an overinflated price tag. Rather, these machines come from Polestar, a dedicated tuner and performance company that specializes in making fast Volvos. Polestar announced it was becoming a dedicated electric performance car company last October, but before that happens, we’re getting these slick-and-quick four- and five-doors.

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Upgrades were added everywhere.

Upgrades were added everywhere. Under the hood, Polestar optimization added newfound ponies and torque, with up to 10 extra horsepower and 50 Nm (38 pound-feet) of twist at the top of the heap. You’ll also get quicker shifts and a sharper throttle response. Hard bits include a free-flowing exhaust and sports air filter, while outside, there are new 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance tires, plus fresh styling and aero thanks to a new rear spoiler and diffuser combo. Upping the handling chops are new dampers and springs. Inside, there’s a new Polestar shifter.

“The engineers from Polestar and Cyan Racing have worked collaboratively on engineering developments for existing Polestar road cars for many years,” says Christian Samson, Product and Development head at Polestar. “It’s therefore fitting that we celebrate the remarkable achievement of securing our maiden World Championship by adding more performance to the cars that have been instrumental this season.”

The S60 and V60 Polestar Performance World Champion Editions are offered on all D4, D5, T5, and T6 trim levels, and will head to all markets globally.

References

Volvo S60

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Read our full review on the 2017 Volvo S60.

Volvo V60

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Read our full review on the 2017 Volvo V60.

Press release

Polestar celebrates winning the FIA World Touring Car Championship with Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar Performance World Champion Editions

Last week, Polestar Cyan Racing won the FIA World Touring Car Championship in a Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 race car, and the team’s Thed Björk secured the Driver’s Championship – the first Swede ever to win a motor racing world title. Polestar has today unveiled the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar Performance World Champion Edition to celebrate Polestar Cyan Racing’s win.

“The engineers from Polestar and Cyan Racing have worked collaboratively on engineering developments for existing Polestar road cars for many years. It’s therefore fitting that we celebrate the remarkable achievement of securing our maiden World Championship by adding more performance to the cars that have been instrumental this season. With the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar Performance World Champion Editions, we’ve created an accessible piece of history for many Volvo car owners,” said Christian Samson, responsible for Product and Development at Polestar.

The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar Performance World Champion Editions are available on all D4, D5, T5 and T6 models and include all available enhancements offered by the Polestar Performance Parts programme, being the 19” bespoke Polestar light alloy wheels plus performance-focused tyres, a free-flow stainless-steel exhaust system and sports air filter as well as uprated suspension dampers and springs. Visually, the car is differentiated internally thanks to interior highlights such as the Polestar gear lever, and exterior details such as a rear diffusor and rear spoiler.

All cars also receive the Polestar powertrain optimisation that increases power by up to 10hp and 50Nm of torque, as well as delivering faster gearshifts and improved throttle response.

The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar Performance World Champion Editions are available from any Polestar retailer globally, where the Polestar Performance Parts can be fitted to new or pre-owned cars.

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