The Three Million Mile Man Takes His Last Ride To Heaven
The owner of the famous three million mile Volvo P1800S, Irv Gordon, has passed away aged 77, during his trip to China. This news comes courtesy of sources in the American Volvo community. Gordon holds the Guinness World Record for highest mileage count for a single production car ever and became famous in the classic car circle for accomplishing this feat in his invincible Volvo P1800S.
Polestar’s First Production Car Could Be A 600-Horsepower Sports Coupe
Volvo’s reported plan of turning Polestar into a standalone brand is about to take its first big step toward reality as a report from Autocar revealed the Swedish automaker’s intentions of developing a bespoke sports coupe as the first model to exclusively wear a Polestar badge.
According to Autocar, the planned model won’t be a completely new one, but will instead be based on an existing Volvo model. But that’s likely about the only thing it’ll share with the parent company. Everything else, including the generous use carbon fiber and the tuned engine, will be all about establishing Polestar as a legitimate performance sub-brand that will eventually stand on its own, independent yet still connected to Volvo. Specific details about the car have yet to be released, but the report says it will make good use of carbon fiber and be tuned for 600 horsepower, enough to help it line up against established performance coupes like the BMW M6 and the Porsche Panamera. No timetable has been set on when the performance sports coupe will be launched, but the current plan appears to have the Polestar debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this coming September.
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Polestar Is Having A Go As A Standalone Electric Sports Car Brand
There once was a time when Polestar didn’t amount to much. Sure, it was known as Volvo’s performance division, but with the Swedish company mired in its own dire straits, nobody gave two cents about what Polestar could do. It’s refreshing to know that times sure have changed on that front. Volvo, now under the ownership of Chinese automaker Geely, has risen from the ashes to become a legitimate competitor in the premium car market. The brand’s success is also trickling down to Polestar, which is on the verge of becoming its own standalone electric sports car brand.
Word of Polestar’s reported ascension to standalone brand status comes by way of Auto Express, which added that if things fall according to plan, we can see the first Polestar-branded model before the calendar flips to 2018. According to the report, Geely has its sights set on the Volkswagen Group’s own push to build a field of electric sports cars among its own sub-brands. The motivation to compete in that market is being seen as the catalyst for this plan to give Polestar its own podium, no different from what Mercedes-Benz has done with AMG. As far as specific plans are concerned, nothing has been revealed to give us any reason to expect what Polestar could be up to. We do know that it will continue to develop performance upgrades for existing Volvo models, as it has done ever since it was created back in 1996. As for the future of Polestar, the only thing we can say at this point is that it’s shining brighter than it’s ever been.
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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.
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For car enthusiasts who are also Volvo fans the watchword for the past few years has been, “Get the blue one.” The blue in question is the eye-searing Rebel Blue, the signature color of Volvos that have been massaged by Polestar. These limited-production Volvos sport extensive engine, suspension and body tweaks that turn them into factory-built tuner cars. It’s a successful formula, and though uncommon, the 2016 Volvo S60 Polestar is able to roll with the sporty Germans without embarrassment.
The Polestar cars will be back for 2016, available as options on the S60 and V60. That’s good news; it means the excellent new S60 and V60 are teamed with a turbocharged 345-horsepower six-cylinder engine that sports an active exhaust and upgraded engine management system. Transmission response is faster, and all-wheel drive is standard. Polestar also adds custom Öhlins shocks and six-piston Brembo brakes.
Visually, the Polestar S60 and V60 are distinguished by a restyled front fascia and huge wheels. Inside, sport seats and steering wheel ensure a comfortable drive. There are now four colors available, with Ice White and Bright Silver joining Black Sapphire and Rebel Blue on the palette. (The Rebel Blue still looks best, though.)
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After nearly two decades of producing limited-edition, performance Volvos for the road, as well as successful race cars, Polestar has been acquired by the Swedish carmaker. From now on, Polestar will be used as the model name for special, high-performance Volvos, according to the company, which is pretty much what happened when the brand was independent.
However, while customers might not notice the difference at first, some things are bound to change in the future. First and foremost, the Swedes announced that Polestar-badged models will utilize Volvo’s new twin-engine electrification technology, meaning all performance cars will get hybrid versions too.
The buying process will implement a new strategy, as Volvo wants to double Polestar sales "in the medium term." Specifically, the company wants to increase sales to up to 1,500 units a year compared to the 750 examples it expects to deliver in 2015. Additionally, Polestar will continue to offer performance optimization kits for existing Volvos under the new ownership.
Lastly, the Polestar racing team will remain under the control of Christian Dahl, the former owner of Polestar, but will be renamed. Dahl will continue to receive support from the brand.
Though Volvo declined to disclose any financial details, it did say all existing Polestar Performance employees will become Volvo employees.
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When talking about Volvo cars, performance isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Rather, Volvos are better known for their safety and excellent fuel economy. However, those looking to buy a car that’s a bit quicker than what Volvo usually has to offer can take it to Polestar, the brand’s performance division. Mostly known for delivering products similar to BMW’s M Performance and Mercedes’ AMG, Polestar has just introduced the "Performance Optimisation" package, which focuses on exclusive visual updates and mild performance enhancements. The first Volvo to receive the new package is the V40 hatchback.
Dubbed V40 Carbon, the five-door hatch features a bespoke exterior and interior and comes with a choice of two engines, gasoline and diesel. The good news is that both powerplants crank out more horsepower than their standard siblings, essentially bridging the gap between the regular V40 and the full-fledged Polestar edition.
More good news comes from the fact that the Swedes are planning to optimize other Drive-E engines as well later in 2015, meaning more vehicles are set to receive Polestar’s new package. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at the V40 Carbon below.
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There was once a time when the words “Volvo” and “sports car” were as compatible as oil and water. Volvo just didn’t have the chops or the intention to build sports cars. Volvo built safe cars, which is what the Swedish automaker ultimately decided to hang its hat on. Times sure have changed because Volvo is not only thinking of overhauling its lineup, but its planning to do it by re-entering the sports car and convertible market. Stranger things have happened, but this one is definitely up there.
Volvo’s Senior Vice President of Research and Development Peter Mertens recently dropped this surprising news to Motoring Australia. Apparently, Volvo has seen the light and it’s beginning to understand that safety, while extremely important in the auto industry, shouldn’t be the be-all and end-all of its design strategy. If it wants to tap into the younger demographic, it needs to have cars that, in Mertens words, “combine safety and sexy design”.
The plan, according to Mertens, is to begin developing new sports car and convertible models that will be based on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The company proved with the Concept Coupe that it’s more than capable of building a sports car with the kind of styling dynamics that will get people’s attention.
For now, though, Volvo remains committed in renewing its existing models, which is a pretty smart move considering that it’s got a new design language to creatively work around showcasing the company’s newfound styling chops. Once those models are done, then we can expect Volvo to begin developing sports cars.
So don’t expect to see a Volvo sports car to challenge the Jaguar F-Type Roadster anytime soon. It could happen, which is already half-the-battle won when it comes to Volvo. But as far as expecting one to be launched in the next few years, we strongly suggest exercising a little bit of patience.
Note: Volvo C70 Convertible pictured here.
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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not old enough to even remember the 1960s TV show "The Saint." I do remember the movie with the same title starring Val Kilmer, although that one didn’t have a Volvo P1800, but "The Saint" TV show had one. More importantly, this particular P1800 is the same one Roger Moore used as his personal daily driver.
Yes. Roger owned the car he was driving on the show. As Jay Leno said in this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, “talk about low budget.”
But the P1800 is anything but “low budget.” It’s arguably one of the most famous TV cars of its generation, an opinion that Leno and fellow car enthusiast and auto journalist Matt Stone shared, among other things.
What makes this P1800 even more special is the pristine condition it’s in, despite being close to 50 years old. That’s a testament to the tireless and admittedly expensive restoration work put in by the car’s current owner; the self-described classic-car nerd, Bill Krzastek, who mortgaged his house to finance the purchase of this P1800.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a commitment to the cause. A slightly irrational one at that, but a commitment nonetheless.
Volvo turned a lot of heads in August 2014 when it revealed the new XC90. Who knew the Swedish automaker — known more for safe, boxy cars — had the creative juices to develop a luxury SUV that has garnered a lot of praise. Not long after the debut of the XC90, Volvo followed that up with the debut of the XC90 R-Design.
The XC90 R-Design is an XC90 dressed up in a nice tuxedo. Ok, the bowtie might be a little too much but you get the point. It has a bagful of extra options for the SUV’s exterior, interior, and wheels. There are just the right amount of modifications to get noticed without going overboard.
The Volvo XC90 R-Design should begin production in May 2015 with deliveries to follow sometime in the latter part of the year.
Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.
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The V8 Supercars series kicks off on February 27th with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, Australia, and someone new is making an appearance. That’s right, with Polestar in the mix, Volvo is making its way into the V8 Supercars championship for 2014.
In celebration of this monumental even, Volvo has treated us to the above video that shows the new V-8 engine clearing its throat, while engineers closely monitor it. Not only does this engine sound really ticked off that it took so long for Volvo to make this change, but it also backs up that attitude with 650 ponies without the aid of forced induction. Volvo’s getting serious, folks.
We know that the Volvo brand doesn’t really make performance junkies twitch, but the more recent addition of Polestar models has really lent a little performance cred to the reborn company.
Have a look at the video (above) and make sure to crank those speakers up nice and loud. Enjoy!
It looks like Volvo got pretty excited about the success the new S60 Polestar is enjoying and decided to also develop a V60 Polestar version. The model was caught testing today by our spy photographers, and, as no surprise it will follow the same design language we have seen in the previously launched S60.
The model wears a little camouflage - mainly on the parts that are going to be updated as part of the Polestar package. Still, you can notice a more aggressive front end that features aerodynamic lip spoilers, huge, sporty wheels, wrapped in high performance, low-profile tires, and large Brembo brake calipers. For the rear the model gets an air diffuser panel visible between the exhaust outlets, as well as a roof spoiler. Just like with the S60 Polestar, the new V60 Polestar also wears the traditional "Rebel blue" exterior paint.
Under the hood, we expect to see a tuned up version of the turbocharged, 3.0 liter six-cylinder that will deliver around 350 horsepower. The engine will be mated to an all-wheel-drive system as standard.
What we can not say for now, however, is if the new V60 Polestar will be offered only on the Australian market, just like the S60 Polestar or if it will be offered worldwide, but we have big hopes for it.
The current Polestar engine upgrade is available for all T6 engines in the Volvo U.S. lineup, but does not bring the enhanced aero and other heavy upgrades seen on this full performance specification.
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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 03/31/2014: Volvo unveiled a new video showing the new S60 Polestar in action in Arctic conditions. Behind the wheel you will see Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren. Enjoy!
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When Volvo dropped the official details on the 2013 S60 Polestar concept, they also announced that a production version would arrive, but only in a limited edition. This decision was made after an American customer bought the concept for an impressive $300,000. Lucky for everyone else, the production version won’t be as expensive as that. Volvo has also promised that a V40 Polestar version will arrive by the end of 2012 and will be priced at only $30K.
The V40 Polestar will respond to the likes of the BMW M135i and the Audi S3. If the first rumors are true, it will have ’at least’ 10 per cent more power than a standard T5. A little calculating will show that the future V40 Polestar will easily be able to produce 280 HP, but don’t be surprised if it passes the 300 HP mark. The model will be offered with an all-wheel-drive system and Polestar should be able to give it an impressive exterior look.
The 2011 SEMA Auto Show is over so now it’s time to focus on the next motor show of the month: the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show starting November 16th. Just a few days ago, Subaru announced the BRZ STI Concept’s scheduled appearance in California, and now Volvo has announced a special edition C70. Called the C70 Inscription, this new edition will be offered worldwide and will be limited to 2,000 units a year.
The new C70 Inscription will be offered in only three exterior colors: Black Stone (Solid), Black Sapphire (Metallic), and Ice White (Solid). It will be distinguished by 18-inch wheels painted in black with polished spokes and outer perimeter, a high-gloss paint on the grille, and LED Daytime Running Lights.
For the interior, the model will add an exclusive leather-covered dashboard with contrasting stitching and Sovereign Hide upholstery in Off Black or Calcite with the same contrasting stitching as on dashboard, handbrake lever, and carpets. A sporty feeling will be added with a new set of aluminum pedals, a steering wheel and gear shift knob with aluminum inlays. Because this is a special edition, it will also feature "Inscription" logos on the front headrests, carpets, and handbrake lever.
UPDATE 12/15/11: Volvo has officially released the pricing details for the C70 Inscription package. If you’re interested in getting one, you’re going to need to shell out $3,900 for the opportunity to have one put into your C70. Add that to the $40,450 cost of the car itself and you’re looking at a price of around $44,350.
After the Swedish automaker Volvo unveiled the 2010 C30, the safety conscious car builder has also taken the wraps off of the new C30 R-Design, an iteration of the Volvo hatchback intended for those consumers who are looking for a much sportier ride, and they will be able to get their first look at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show before the car goes on sale early in 2010.
When designing the new C30 R-Design, Volvo’s engineers paid special attention to the C30’s structure and steering hidden underneath the hot hatch’s five spoke Cratus wheels. The driver inputs are now much more precise thanks to the installation of stiffer bushings and a 10% quicker steering rack ratio. The C30 R-Design has a firmer ride thanks to 30% stiffer springs in the suspension to promote the car’s poise for enthusiastic driving. The new mono tube shock absorbers have been stiffened as well in order to match the new coils and were chosen for their ability to build up pressure much more quickly. Even the car’s sway bars have been stiffened in order to reduce any tendency for the C30 to lean into corners.
The new sport chassis has made the C30 R-Design a better balanced and much more agile car. Driving feel is more distinct and feedback from the wheels are much more precise, promoting a more engaging experience when behind the wheel.
The sporty C50 T5 R-Design starts at just $26,950.
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At the end of the 2007 model year, the R-badged performance lineup from Volvo will go out from production.Volvo has confirmed this latest news, a little surprise considering previous reports confirmed Volvo wasn’t going to replace the V70R model with the release of the new V70 wagon.
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Introduced last year, the all-new Volvo C70 offers the best of both worlds. It’s a modern convertible with classic proportions, four comfortable seats and a three-piece retractable hardtop. The C70 can be transformed seamlessly from a coupe into a convertible. The retractable hardtop folds away quickly and smoothly into the trunk. Apart from the flexibility offered by the retractable hardtop it also makes for a quieter, more comfortable coupe. The large rear window glass offers outstanding (...)
The Volvo V70 is the UK’s best-selling, large premium estate car and, for 2007, Volvo is introducing a high specification, great value V70 Special Edition Sport model, at the same time as simplifying the rest of the V70 range.
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The Special Edition Sport is equipped with a number of sporty additions1 including leather sports upholstery, unique 5 spoke wheels, chronograph instruments, rear spoiler, speed dependent steering and colour co-ordinated front and rear lower (...)