PRESTIGE car maker Volvo and its performance brand Polestar have announced the launch of the quickest cars they have ever made – the new 270kW Polestar S60 sedan and V60 estate.
The car makes the zero to 100km/h sprint in 4.7 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 250kmh, powered by a specially-enhanced version of Volvo’s award-winning four cylinder Drive-E powertrain.
Polestar has taken an original S60 and V60 and added a bigger turbo, a supercharger, new conrods, new camshafts, a larger air intake and a higher capacity fuel pump to augment the engine, and matched it with a BorgWarner four-wheel drive system and the new Polestar-optimised eight-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox.
On top of this new performance-optimised equipment, Polestar has reduced the car’s weight. The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are 24 kilos lighter over the front axle and 20 kilos lighter in total compared to the previous models.
Both cars trace their heritage to the new Volvo S60 Polestar TC1, the all-new FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) race car from Polestar Cyan Racing. The new road cars use the same base chassis, engine and philosophy of the team behind the development.
The race and road car feature a further developed four-cylinder Drive-E engine, with the two-litre, twin charged engine of the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar producing 270 kilowatts and 470Nm.
Despite the increased performance, fuel consumption and emissions are at a class leading level of 7.8l/100km, further proving the efficiency of the Volvo’s Drive-E powertrain.
Other new features on the cars include a new 20” lightweight rim, Polestar calibrated electro-assisted power steering and a new slotted brake disc of 371 millimetres.
The 2017 Volvo Polestar S60 and V60 will arrive in Australia later this year.