Volvo to build hot V60 Polestar

Time 10:02 am, November 26, 2013


THE fast Volvo estate is back, the Swedish car maker has confirmed.

After months of speculation, Volvo has finally revealed it WILL build a hot version of its V60 estate car – the V60 Polestar will go on sale in the UK next year.

Reviving the spirit of past hot Volvos such as the 850 T5-R and V70 R, the V60 Polestar takes the standard car and adds some extra flair.

The car has been comprehensively tweaked by the Swedish firm’s performance partner Polestar which has made a number of changes. It gets 80 per cent stiffer springs, high-performance Öhlins shock absorbers, 20-inch Polestar wheels and Brembo brakes.

On the outside, the V60 Polestar gets racy-looking splitters as well as a new rear spoiler and diffusor. Meanwhile, the six-cylinder turbocharged T6 engine now boasts a twin-scroll turbo and intercooler to produce 324bhp and 500 Nm of torque. Polestar has also fitted a new stainless steel exhaust system, making for a throaty engine note. All of this means the car can get to 60mph in 4.7 seconds thanks to a six-speed automatic gearbox and permanent four-wheel drive, and the car is limited to a top speed of 155mph.

The UK is one of six other markets around the world to get the hot Volvo estate, and deliveries are expected towards the mid-part of 2014; production numbers and pricing are yet to be revealed.

Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar, said: ‘We are proud to present the V60 Polestar, a car developed for those who share our passion at Polestar – that driving really matters and that a true driver’s car should enable you to enjoy driving all year, on all roads and in all weather conditions.

photo‘With the introduction of the V60 model, we are proud to continue the heritage of fast Volvo estates like the racing 850 BTCC, a tradition deeply rooted among Volvo enthusiasts.’

Car Dealer spotted a prototype being tested at the Nurburgring last month, and if that car’s engine note was anything to go by, the V60 Polestar will be a much-desired car.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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