Volvo’s tuning and motorsport arm Polestar released details of their hot new estate, the V60. This time they are not messing around. Volvo V60 Polestar, along with its S60 sedan sister, are production models going on sale in June 2014. Volvo just loves the idea of a fast station wagon.
And they have made sure the V60 Polestar is plenty fast by fitting it with a 350 horsepower engine. It’s a six-cylinder turbo-charged T6 boosted with a twin-scroll turbocharger and intercooler, plus a stainless steel exhaust system with 2.5” pipes, to make 350 HP/257 kW at 5700 rpm and 500 Nm/369 lb-ft at 2800 rpm.
That propels the big estate from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Not bad for a car that weighs 1820 kg. It owes its performance partly to the power, and partly to the drivetrain combo consisting of a bespoke automatic gearbox and a Haldex four-wheel drive system.
When they were satisfied with the power, the engineers then set about improving the chassis of the Volvo V60 Polestar. They did it by employing Ohlins shock absorbers and bespoke 20-inch wheels wrapped in 245/35R20 tyres. The braking system is also improved, with Polestar/Brembo 6 piston brake calipers and ventilated discs.
The rest of the Volvo V60 Polestar is what you’d expect from a big, boxy Volvo: big, practical, and safe.