UPDATE: Volvo Cars Australia has now confirmed the updated 2018 Volvo S60 Polestar and V60 Polestar models will land here by either the end of 2017 or early in 2018, although the exact number of cars we’ll get is still to be confirmed.
August 28: Volvo’s performance tuning spinoff Polestar has revealed the latest tweaks to its enhanced S60 and V60 models this week, a little over one year since their last major update.
Last year’s update saw the twins switch from a six- to four-cylinder engine package, but this latest change sees the 2018 S60 Polestar and 2018 V60 Polestar upgraded with a number of aerodynamic enhancements – and a very limited production allocation of just 1500 cars.
The company has not said why it is limiting production, but with the current S60 sedan and V60 wagon models nearing the end of their life cycle, this may be a hint that overall production for the two models is winding up.
In developing these enhancements, Polestar and partner motorsport arm Cyan Racing have used data derived from the World Touring Car Championship – interesting in its own right, given the company was not long ago set to pull out of motorsport entirely.
Upgrades include a new front splitter, side sills and a rear spoiler extension, all made from lightweight carbon fibre, increasing downforce by 30 per cent.
No surprise, Polestar says this dramatic increase in downward pressure has improved grip and high-speed stability, and many of the enhancements are thanks to Cyan Racing’s recently publicised Nurburgring hot laps.
The model-year update also brings new diamond-cut wheels in a high-gloss black finish, along with carbon-fibre door mirror casings and a new Bursting Blue Metallic paint option.
There’s also new interior trim, with a new seat upholstery, blue contrast stitching and Polestar logo embroidering.
Polestar boasts it has made more than 250 component changes over the regular S60 and V60 models, with highlights including adjustable Ohlins shock absorber system and six-piston Brembo brake callipers with 371mm discs.
Power is unchanged, however, with last year’s change to Volvo’s Drive-E four-cylinder petrol turbo engine bringing the same 270kW of power and 470Nm of torque.
Polestar claims 0-100km/h times of 4.7 seconds for the S60 and 4.8 seconds for the more practical wagon, and both models list an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h.
A detailed specification list, provided by Polestar, is at the bottom of this article.
“The Model Year 18 S60 and V60 Polestar models are the pinnacle of our road car programmes that we have been developing successfully since our first road car was launched in 2013,” said Jörgen Ronstad, Vice President, Product Strategy & Management at Polestar.
“The aerodynamic enhancements, combined with other small but important changes, further enhances our base philosophy of a performance car for all roads and conditions, transferring technology and learnings from track to road.”
Volvo Cars Australia has confirmed the updated Polestar models will land here by either the end of 2017 or early in 2018, although the exact number of cars we’ll get is still to be confirmed.
But, with only 1500 examples planned for the new model year… there might not be many coming our way.
Volvo S60 Polestar
Volvo V60 Polestar
* = Electronically limited
Tyres and rims
Interior and exterior
Fuel consumption (combined)