Home / Auto News / News article: Polestar Volvo S60 to Rival BMW M3 - Spy Photo - AutoGuide.com News
 |  May 24 2012, 5:38 PM

Volvo is out to prove that even at the performance level it can compete with Germany’s luxury brands and is going about doing so with the Polestar S60.

The spy photo above was snapped by someone who reads Swedish magazine, Teknikens Varld. Information from the registration office suggests that the car is a T6 all-wheel drive with 304 hp, but rumblings of a V8 have us thinking otherwise.

If it is, in fact, the bigger engine, we could expect more than 400 hp out of the car, making it a viable competitor to the BMW M3 or Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.

Polestar is Volvo’s racing partner, and the firm responsible for tuning a few production cars for the company including the C30 Polestar (PCP). Given Polestar’s racing prowess, it seems likely that a sequential gearbox will slip into the car, though a six-speed manual might make it too.

In the picture we see a car that sits much wider than a normal S60 with bigger fenders and wider wheels. Characteristics like that suggest that it’s a performance oriented model.

Information on the car is purely speculative for now, but the fact that a test mule is running the streets suggests more information will probably be available soon.

  • T. Roll

    I like the new S60 and all… but come on… rival the M3? Lol.

  • Howie Johnson

    LOL is right. Look at that thing. Besides, even with that V8, the fact is, there’s no chance to compete. BMW is too far refined with forced induction use…

  • Ezrafeo

    I’ve always driven BMW’S…
    Three years ago I purchased a new Volvo S80- V8 AWD.
    Lost too much money in it’s current value!.
    I an going back to Beemers and never buy another So-So Automovile
    I feel I’ve weasted 3 yrs. of my life just going from point A to point B.
    I learned my lesson!.