Volvo 'serious' about S60 Polestar

Volvo is reportedly “in serious discussion” with tuning partner Polestar to create a production version of the ballistic Volvo S60 Polestar concept.
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Revealed last month, the S60 Polestar concept boasted power and performance to blitz a BMW M3 or Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG but came with no promise of production.

But in an interview with Autocar, Volvo UK managing director Nick Connor says talks are ongoing between the safety-renowned Swedish brand and its tuning compatriot to try to make the S60 Polestar a reality.

If it does make it to production, Connor says the S60 Polestar will retain the concept’s wild 378kW/575Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, which motivates the slick sedan from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 300km/h.

The S60 Polestar concept’s six-speed manual transmission delivers the power to all four wheels and also sports an electronic limited slip differential, a lower chassis and a wider track, 380mm front disc brakes behind 19-inch alloy wheels, modified air intakes and a 3.5-inch stainless steel exhaust system.

Connor said a production model would be made in very limited numbers and would command a price of over £100,000 ($152,000) – making it roughly twice as expensive as the BMW M3 coupe, which starts at £54,720 ($83,300) in the UK. The BMW M3 coupe is priced from $155,000 in Australia, which means the Volvo S60 Polestar could potentially be a $300,000 proposition if it became available down under.

Volvo Australia currently sells five models with Polestar performance and styling enhancements, including the $75,490 Volvo S60 T6 Polestar, which packs 242kW/480Nm of punch (up 18kW/40Nm from the standard car) for a 5.8-second 0-100km/h sprint.