The turbocharged six-cylinder Volvo S60 Polestar and V60 Polestar models that began life as an Australian experiment have now been wiped from the range as the Swedish carmaker prepares for its exclusively four-cylinder future.
Around 40 examples of the Polestar models remain in local stock, Volvo has confirmed, with no more examples of the current design and powertrain package to follow.
The T6 badge will likely return with the new turbo- and supercharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that offers 235kW in the new XC90 and 225kW in overseas S60 and V60 models.
Volvo Car Australia has confirmed that the new engine will join the local S60 and V60 lines in the third quarter of this year.
As for Polestar, where to next for Volvo’s performance aspirations? Four-cylinder engines will provide the base for future plans, but, as the big new XC90 SUV has shown, plug-in electric hybrid systems will ensure that big power figures are still on the table.
Speaking with CarAdvice at the Detroit motor show in January, Volvo Cars CEO and board representative Hakan Samuelsson said that future Polestar models will benefit from such a program.
“It will be high performance developed on electrification, we will use electrification as a booster, we will not start diluting our brand with big engines and extra cylinders, V8s,” he said.
“The combustion unit will be Volvo but we will use electrifications to create a modern high performance car.”
In the XC90’s case, that approach brought the development of the T8 powertrain, which pairs a 235kW/400Nm four-cylinder petrol engine with a 65kW/240Nm electric drive design for a system output of 298kW and 640Nm.
For more on Volvo’s petrol-electric plans for Polestar, see our interview with Samuelsson here.
Volvo has also revised pricing on a number of S60 and V60 models for 2016, as listed below.
2016 Volvo S60, V60 pricing (plus on-road costs):
T4 Kinetic – $49,990 (unchanged)
T4 Luxury – $54,990 (unchanged)
T5 Luxury – $58,990 (previously $59,990)
T5 R-Design – $62,990 (previously $63,990)
D4 Kinetic – $51,675 (previously $56,990)
D4 Luxury – $56,675 (previously $61,990)
T5 Luxury – $59,990 (previously $60,990)
T5 R-Design – $63,990 (previously $64,990)
D4 Luxury – $57,695 (previously $62,990)