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 |  Jun 25 2014, 7:15 AM

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Production of the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar models is under way in Sweden.

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 |  May 14 2014, 2:08 PM

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Volvo is shifting towards powering its entire fleet with four-cylinder engines, which leaves sports cars out of the picture. Or does it?

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 |  Feb 06 2014, 1:09 PM

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Volvo is not usually known for building lust-worthy performance machines. Generally their products are safe, solid and secure, important attributes to be certain but they’re hardly the stuff dreams are made of. However, the addition of performance-tuned V60 and S60 Polestar models is spicing things up for the Staid Swede.

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 |  Nov 15 2013, 1:56 PM

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Polestar is Volvo’s in-house tuning outfit that pumps excitement into the Swedish automaker’s vehicles, and a new teaser has revealed that Polestar has tuned up a new Volvo vehicle, though which one remains a mystery.

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 |  Jul 11 2013, 1:36 PM

A Battle of Five Luxury Sports Sedans


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The compact luxury sedan market is an interesting place. When designing a new entry, manufacturers are constantly trying to find the perfect balance between sport and luxury. Although most cars end up skewed one way than the other, these vehicles typically offer a plethora of trims and options that allow potential customers to tailor their rides with as much sport or luxury as they want.

Given a choice, we’d select maximum sport. We’d rather evaluate a car’s ability to clip an apex than by how coddled our mothers-in-law feel in the passenger seat. What better way to do this than collect a group of the latest and greatest offerings and see which one is the best? Now, we aren’t talking about the ultimate in sport luxury sedans like a C63, M3 or IS-F as they can get quite pricey. Instead, we have grabbed a more affordable group of contenders playing around the $50,000 mark.

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First we sent an invite out to Cadillac. The all-new ATS seriously impressed us since coming out last year; it was a car of the year finalist after all. Next, we brought along the BMW 3 Series. If we are going to be testing luxury sport sedans, how could we not bring the vehicle that has defined the class for decades? While on the topic of German sedans, we also had to include a Mercedes-Benz and an Audi. Finally, to complete our quintuplet of test vehicles, there’s an oddball, the Volvo S60. Now, before you cry foul that the S60 is not a sports sedan, take a look at what we grabbed; the 325 hp S60 T6 R-Design.

A FEW CONTENDERS ARE AWOL

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With the cars collected, pencils sharpened and score sheets firmly attached to clipboards, it was time to put these cars through their paces and see which is best.

 |  Nov 29 2012, 11:45 AM

Packing 508 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque, the Volvo S60 Polestar Concept looked right at home under the Los Angeles spotlight.

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 |  Nov 20 2012, 4:01 PM

The 508-hp Volvo S60 Polestar Concept will be making its North American debut later this month at the 2012 LA Auto Show.

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 |  Jul 17 2012, 11:45 AM

The Volvo S60 Polestar Performance Concept debuted with 508 hp, garnering the attention of automotive enthusiasts worldwide. So much so that the Swedish automaker has decided to do a very limited production run.

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 |  Jun 19 2012, 11:31 AM

The Volvo S60 Polestar has been getting a lot of attention, and why not? It has a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that makes a whopping 508-hp. Even more surprising is what one customer was willing to pay for it. 

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 |  Jun 17 2012, 11:01 AM

Earlier in the month, Volvo teased its S60 Polestar Performance Concept model, hinting at the potential of its sedan to take on rivals like the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.

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 |  Nov 28 2011, 8:45 PM

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Volvo‘s racing outfit, Polestar, has expanded its line of performance upgrades to Volvo’s turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder trimmed vehicles including the S60 sedan and XC60 and XC70 crossovers.

The package reflashes the T6′s ECU, increasing power from 300-hp to 325-hp and from 325 lb.-ft. of torque to 355 without any sacrifice to fuel efficiency, effectively bumping the three regular T6 models to Volvos S60 R-Design levels of performance. Surprisingly, this package has yet to become available for the flagship S80 T6.

Chris Dauerer, customer service Vice President of Volvo North America, says, “Just a few weeks after announcing the performance package for select T5 models, we have already received tremendous feedback from our customers. With Polestar, we are able to deliver our performance-minded customers the enhanced driving package they have been looking for now across a variety of our carlines.”

Want a better Volvo than the one driven by a teenage vampire? Expect the warranty-backed Polestar performance package to go on sale December 5 for $1,495.

 |  Nov 09 2011, 2:30 PM

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Polestar, Volvo‘s racing outfit founded in 1996 for competition in the World Touring Car Championship, will finally be introduced in the United States.

Specifically, Polestar is offering a factory-authorized performance tuning software for Volvo C30, C70 and S40 models that are 2008 and newer and fitted with the T5 engine. Priced at $1,295, the software enables increased airflow into the T5′s combustion chambers and advancing spark timing to promise a bump in power of another 23-hp and 29 lb-ft of torque while fuel economy remains unaffected.

Chris Dauerer, VCNA vice president of customer service explained, “Our performance-oriented customers have told us they wanted a tuning option for their vehicles. With Polestar, we are able to unlock the power potential of our engines which leads to impressive acceleration and a more memorable driving experience – not to mention it adds value to the vehicle.”

Best of all, the factory-authorized software product retains the original manufacturer warranty.

GALLERY: Volvo C30 Polestar Performance Concept

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 |  Jul 05 2011, 11:33 AM

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Hot on the heels of Volvo announcing their Performance Concept Prototype C30, Volvo Car Australia has pulled the wraps off their S60 Performance Project, a collaboration between Volvo, Heico and Polestar. Starting with an S60 T6 R Design, the Australian tuners has increased horsepower by 24-hp to 324-hp and torque has gone up close to 30 lb-ft of torque to 354 lb-ft.

No details were released on how the performance gain was achieved, but a the release did state a new exhaust system is on the Performance Project along with 19-inch wheels with Pirelli tires. Suspension is also upgraded on the sedan, lowering the vehicle by .6-inch with 15-percent stiffer springs with 20-percent stiffer bushings than the regular S60.

Volvo Car Australia is currently gauging interest in their S60 Performance Project and depending on demand, they may be building the S60 in limited numbers.

GALLERY: Volvo S60 Performance Project

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 |  Jul 04 2011, 11:42 AM

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The words high performance and Volvo aren’t typically used in the same sentence, but in recent years, Volvo has really put a new focus on developing sportier and more performance-oriented vehicles. While they probably still have quite a ways to go to change the customer’s perception that Volvos are mainly safe and boring vehicles, the launch of a performance-oriented line will go a long way in establishing Volvo a high-performance manufacturer.

Volvo’s collaboration with Polestar, the company responsible for Volvo’s entries in the Scandinavian and World Touring Car Championships, seems to have blossomed with this baby blue Volvo C30 Performance Concept Prototype. It appears that this C30 PCP will make it to production, limited to only 500 units, and will feature 400-hp in an AWD hatchback. Pricing will be set at around $80,000.

Volvo is looking to expand their PCP lineup by adding other models to the brand, potentially providing competition to BMW‘s M Series and Mercedes-Benz‘s AMG models. Now whether or not buyers will take Volvo seriously is another question, but we’re digging what we’re seeing so far.

[Source: Autoblog]