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A new Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Polestar sedan has been added to the ACT Police fleet for evaluation purposes.

The high-performance Volvo S60 T6 R-Design isn't the full-blown Volvo S60 Polestar model, but still boasts a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder producing 242kW of power and 480Nm of torque.

It's all-wheel drive, unlike the majority of vehicles used in the police department which are rear-drive Commodores and Falcons, although the fleet does include a mix of other models including Ford Ranger utes and even some Mitsubishi Lancers.

Volvo S60 Polestar police car 2

The car will join the ACT Policing Traffic Operations garage, and will be used "to a high level in dynamic, high stress environments".

“By doing this, we can obtain direct feedback on how the S60 performs from our officers who are out on the road, day and night, in all manner of driving conditions,” station sergeant Rod Anderson said.

“We are particularly interested in our officers’ opinions on the all-wheel-drive capability of the S60 and what advantages it offers over our current rear-wheel-drive fleet."

Volvo S60 Polestar police car 1

The car is on loan from Volvo Cars Australia during the evaluation process. It bears the livery of ACT Policing Traffic Operations, and is fitted with a low-profile light-bar, siren and digital police radio system.

According to a post on ACT Policing's Facebook page, the Volvo is one of a range of "operational fleet alternatives over the next 12-18 months and comparing results with other Australasian police jurisdictions through the ANZPAA Police Vehicle Focus Group".