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by Daniel DeGasperi

The Volvo S60 Polestar has been launched in Australia, with the tuned 50-unit limited edition priced from $109,950.

Cited as the “quickest point-to-point luxury European sedan – in any weather” by Volvo, the 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder all-wheel-drive S60 Polestar makes 257kW of power at 5700rpm and 500Nm “plus” from 2800-4750rpm. The 0-100km/h sprint is claimed to take 4.9 seconds, and the limited top speed is 250km/h.

Polestar, the tuning company associated with Volvo since 1996, has taken the $40K-cheaper S60 T6, then heavily modified it. Chassis changes include new stabilisers, a carbonfibre reinforced front strut brace, new tie blade bushings, new rear toe arms, and new springs that are a staggering 80 per cent stiffer than the regular S60 T6.

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Ohlins dampers are adjustable with 20 “click” settings, aimed to deliver a “high level of driver control and car feedback in combination with a comfortable ride”. Bigger 19-inch alloy wheels sit in front of larger brakes.

A new Borg Warner turbocharger for the engine, harder shifting for the retuned automatic transmission and a full flow stainless steel exhaust round out the performance changes.

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Volvo says it has eight customer deposits for the S60 T6 Polestar, out of the 50 coming to Australia. Volvo cites the 245kW/440Nm Audi S4, 331kW/505Nm Lexus IS F, 309kW/400Nm BMW M3 and even the 336kW/600Nm Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG as competitors.

Polestar, however, wants to be seen more like the Renault Sport division than Mercedes’ AMG or BMW’s M.

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The S60 T6 Polestar matches the 100km/h sprint of the IS F, and beats the S4 by one-tenth; though it is 0.1 of a second adrift of the M3 and 0.4 seconds off the C63. It weighs 1684kg which makes it lighter than only the Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. It’s also cheaper than those competitors by $10-30K.

Stay tuned for first drive impressions.

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