For those that want a third alternative to German and US made performance vehicles, Volvo has something in store now! Volvo Cars of North America will be importing only 265 S60 and V60 Polestar vehicles for North American buyers next year and bringing a whole lot of Polestar goodies alongside with them. The Volvo V60 and Volvo S60 developed by Polestar will arrive on U.S. shores this summer, with 60% of the allocation expected to be V60s and 40% to be S60s. With over 70 modifications done by Polestar engineers to these two models and the styling changes, this brings a rather tentative solution for luxury performance motoring on the US market as well.
The Polestar production range has been popular among performance enthusiasts, with the 2015 model year selling out quickly. Previously only available in Rebel Blue and Black Sapphire, model year 2016 will now add Ice White and Bright Silver to the color options. The appeal of a classic Volvo look with enhanced driving dynamics has made the Polestar editions truly unique on American roads.
The Volvo V60 and Volvo S60 Polestar will feature a 345 horsepower, 6 cylinder engine that will propel the vehicle from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.7 seconds (4.8 seconds for the V60) thanks to a new twin-scroll turbo, intercooler, full flow active exhaust and completely recalibrated engine management system. The transmission was further modified to allow the driver faster gear shifts which, combined with an all-wheel drive Haldex system allow for some mind bending performance in its class as well.
This power is coupled with a chassis that provides impressive road feedback and control. Custom shock absorbers were developed with long-time partner Öhlins producing a suspension usually reserved for supercars. Stopping power was optimized through a completely upgraded brake system, including 6-piston Brembo brake calipers and ventilated brake discs.
To achieve the perfect balance of performance and control in almost any scenario, each S60 and V60 Polestar vehicle features recalibrated exterior aerodynamics and bespoke Polestar rims with an airy, unique design that supports airflow around the brakes to increase breaking endurance. Custom features continue into the cabin with a Nubuck clad steering wheel and seats to increase grip.
“This is a performance vehicle that combines Polestar’s racing experience with Volvo Cars’ exceptional ability to build everyday cars” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, “it is a rare combination that is hard for others to duplicate successfully.”
Each vehicle boasts a long list of standard equipment, such as Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Adaptive Cruise Control, Harman Kardon Premium Sound and several features typically optional on competitor models. It is worth noting that Volvo’s partnership with Polestar was further enhanced earlier this week when the Swedish automaker announced the 100% purchase of Polestar Performance AB. Further development of Polestar enhanced vehicles are anticipated as the company transitions all vehicles to the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) by the end of 2018. There are certainly exciting times for Volvo owners and would-be customers, coming up!