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The production version of the new Volvo S60 Polestar has been launched with a limited production run developed exclusively for the Australian market.

Under the bonnet of the new Volvo S60 Polestar lies the T6 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged engine, that has been optimised by Polestar tuners with a larger turbo, new intercooler, revised engine mapping and racing exhaust to produce 257kW and in “500Nm-plus” torque.

With a re-tuned six-speed automatic transmission – which also features a launch control function – and Haldex all-wheel-drive system, the S60 Polestar accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

Volvo S60 Polestar 08

The Volvo S60 Polestar also shares technology from Polestar racing cars, such as dampers from Öhlins, high-capacity brakes and the highly-tuned chassis.

There’s also a new aerodynamic package that has been developed for the car that includes a front splitter, rear wing and diffuser, which have all been tweaked and modified using the Volvo Car Group wind tunnel.

Volvo chose Australia for the S60 Polestar pilot project due to the ongoing and historical success of performance models in this country, with the first cars set to be delivered in late June. Dealers have been told to expect a starting price of around $120,000 for the new S60 Polestar flagship.

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Introduction of the Volvo S60 Polestar to other markets will largely depend on its response in Australia.

“The Australian market for performance cars is, and has always been, strong,” says Volvo Cars Australia managing director Matt Braid. “We are delighted to be able to offer our customers the Volvo S60 Polestar, a car more than capable of getting into the thick of the action in this competitive segment of the market.

“The work done by Polestar on the S60 is impressive to say the least – they have transformed the already fun to drive Volvo S60 into a great handling driver’s car.”

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Volvo Cars Australia introduced an optional Polestar tune for the S60 (along with other Volvo models) in 2011, but this new fully-fledged production version of the Volvo S60 Polestar represents a big step up from what was effectively a performance download to the car’s ECU.

Volvo Polestar Racing driver Robert Dahlgren, who has played an integral part in the development of the car, believes the S60 Polestar will find plenty of favour with its customers.

“We have taken the best bits of the standard S60 T6 and our S60 Polestar Concept Car, creating a vehicle that puts a smile on your face when you drive it over your favourite twisty road. At the same time, it is more than capable of everyday driving, too.”

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Volvo S60 Polestar technical specifications

Performance
• 0-100 km/h 4.9 sec
• Top speed 250 km/h (limited)

Engine
• Six-cylinder inline T6 engine, 2953cc
• 257kW @ 5700rpm
• 500Nm-plus @ 2800-4750rpm
• Max 6500rpm
• Polestar engine software
• New Borg Warner turbo
• New intercooler
• 2.5-inch stainless full-flow exhaust system with 3.5-inch tailpipes

Chassis
• Polestar Öhlins, two-way adjustable shock absorbers
• Upgraded springs – 60N/mm front, 65N/mm rear (80% stiffer than stock)
• Upgraded stabilisers front and rear
• Upgraded rear tie blades
• Upgraded top mount in front and rear
• Upgraded toe link arms in rear
• Strut brace with carbonfiber enforcement
• 235/40R19, Michelin Pilot Super Sport
• Bespoke Polestar rims, 8×19-inch ET51

Weight
• 1684kg – same as standard S60 T6 R-Design

Drivetrain
• AWF21 automatic gearbox
• Launch control
• Modified transmission software for faster shifts and launch control
• Modified AWD software for more rear torque

Brakes

Front:
o 336×29 mm ventilated discs
o Jurid 958 performance brake pad
Rear:
o 302×22 mm ventilated discs
o HP2000 Brembo performance brake pads

Aero

New Polestar front splitter corners
New Polestar rear spoiler
New Polestar diffuser

Interior/Exterior

Polestar door trims
Polestar badge on front grille
Polestar badge on boot
Polestar gear shift knob
Polestar badge on engine
Polestar limited edition plate on door sills and steering wheel
Black outside mirror covers


  • Exar Kun

    And how much?

    Seems more like an S4 competitor than being in the M / RS / AMG class.

    • tonyW

      “suggestions” on other sites are $120k plus assumably ORCs. If this is so, then the $30k-odd markup over the standard S60 T6 AWD Polestar seems a little over the top.

      • Sam

        considering a base Audi s4 excluding stamp duty, rego and dealer delivery is the same price I really don’t think $120,000 is unreasonable.

      • JoeR_AUS

        its not just a tune, there is new bigger turbo, intercooler, exhaust, revised ECU mapping. So cannot be compared with a T6 which is 1 sec slower to 100km.

        Also Ohlins shocks, revised suspension, aero package etc and limited numbers.

        HSV charge similar money over a SS

      • Henry Toussaint

        I find it should be more around $105-$110 thousand..

    • Steve2013

      That’s on expensive Mondeo!

  • tonyW

    And fact is based on the current 2013 model rather than the coming facelifted 2014 model in just 6 months makes it even less of a bargin particularly when it comes to resale.

    • JoeR_AUS

      resale best not to buy anything then

  • Dave W

    The F6 competitor? Yeah I know it’s AWD but to some people it doesn’t matter, plus it’s a rear biased AWD anyway.

    • JoeR_AUS

      were does it say that?

      • Dave W

        Drivetrain specs. Modified AWD software for more rear torque.

  • Dominique Vøn Hütch

    99k drive away would be better, its just too much for this car. I know there’s a lot of tech there and ohlins aren’t cheap but too much. What colours are available?

  • Westie

    Good on them, stir up the German establishment. Just so long as Volvo don’t go to Pikes Peak and make a vid called Pole Dance… Peugeot, Climb Dance, geddit? Sorry.

  • Peter

    hmmm, I used to have an s60R which retailed at $100K back in about 2004, they were comparable to this although this is quicker. The T6 R-design with a polestar chip is an awesome car, very quick and handles well (I’ve had one as a loaner). This would be marginally faster and handle probably better. I cant see a $30K premium, $10K or $15K maybe. I’d want more plenty more bogan bling on it.

    • JoeR_AUS

      you might like to read the”

      The story behind the Polestar Volvo S60

      at goauto

  • asif

    I see nothing special or attractive about this car.
    The rear looks ugly & you won’t be a star when you hit those poles.
    The new AMG CLA or A-Class is the one to go for.

    • Peter

      I’ve driven the A250 Sport. While it is a fun car (like I’d imagine a mini cooper s was), it is cramped, has an ordinary ride, it is noisy, and the set out of the interior is fussy and confusing. The existing s60 T6 is far superior, save for a big turning circle and the badge isnt as good. The V40T5 was better and faster as well, though the steering driving hard around roundabouts seemed a little twitchy.

  • LowRezFez

    Maybe AC Nielsen, the Polster should buy a Polestar to collect the next party preferred data.

  • Allen

    Hopefully they will perform better than the airbus, sorry, Erebus!!!!!!