Volvo V60 and S60 Polestar Models Define Swedish Performance

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

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.

These cars made their big U.S. debut at the Chicago Auto Show. Only 120 of the ultra limited-edition sportswagon and sedan will be sold in America.

Compared to less rambunctious trim levels these cars feature a number of important upgrades. They’ve received aerodynamic enhancements in the form of new splitters that help minimize wind resistance and provide additional down-force.

More importantly the cars benefit from an enhanced structure and new springs that are a whopping 80 percent stiffer than the ones that prop up the S60 R-Design model. High performance shock absorbers dampen unwanted movement; the cars ride on unique 20-inch wheels. Brembo brakes bring everything to a safe stop.

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Under the hood V60 and S60 Polestar models are powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six. Thanks to a new twin-scroll turbocharger, an upgraded intercooler and special engine management software it puts out 345 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. A generous 2.5-inch exhaust system helps the force-fed six breathe.

Power is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted via paddles. The cars should be able to blast-off from zero to 60 miles an hour in 4.7 seconds.

Polestar-ified V60 and S60 vehicles are offered in two special colors: Black Sapphire and Rebel Blue. The cars are scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. this June at select Volvo dealers. Naturally pricing and additional details will be announced closer to their on-sale date.

GALLERY: Volvo V60 and S60 Polestar Models Live Photos

GALLERY: Volvo V60 and S60 Polestar Models

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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