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by Tim Beissmann

The high-performance Volvo V60 Polestar wagon has been revealed and is confirmed to join its updated S60 Polestar sedan sibling in limited markets from 2014.

Volvo says the S60/V60 Polestar duo – based on the recently released 2014 model year cars – will be available across four continents, though makes no mention of Australia, where the original S60 Polestar made its global debut in June, suggesting we’re likely to miss the sports wagon and refreshed sedan.

Countries confirmed to take delivery of the limited edition V60 and/or S60 Polestar models include Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA, with further markets and final production numbers to be revealed next year.

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The 2014 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar models are mechanically identical, building on the foundation laid by the Australia-exclusive model.

The duo is powered by a turbocharged 257kW/500Nm 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine that launches both body styles from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

Volvo has increased the rigidity of the chassis to cater for the new springs, which are 80 per cent stiffer than those of the regular S60 R-Design. They join Ohlins shock absorbers, 371mm ventilated front brakes with six-piston Brembo calipers and 20-inch Polestar alloy wheels at the Polestars’ corners.

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The S60/V60 Polestar models embrace the 2014 model year facelift and feature modifications to the front splitter, vehicle underbody, rear spoiler and diffuser for enhanced aerodynamics.

The six-speed auto gains paddleshifters, while the gearbox, and the four-wheel-drive and the traction control systems have been recalibrated, which according to Volvo provides extra grip and a more “active driving experience”.

The cabin has also been updated with new materials, details and Polestar colours across the steering wheel, seats and other components.

Volvo produced 50 MY2013 S60 Polestar models exclusively for Australia, priced from $109,950.




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