Fresh on the back of Volvo’s successful debut of the S60 V8 Supercar, Volvo has released details of the next generation Volvo S60 Polestar which will go on sale in April this year.
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- From race track to road – evolutionary S60 Polestar revealed
- Brembo performance brakes and gearshift paddles among updates
- Optimised drivability for all roads and all conditions
Volvo Car Australia is delighted to release the next generation Volvo S60 Polestar, developed by Volvo Car Group’s global performance and motorsport partner, Polestar.
The latest incarnation of the Volvo S60 Polestar builds on the strengths of the limited-edition debut model, which was released only in Australia in 2013. The new car was unveiled just after the Clipsal 500, Volvo Polestar Racing’s debut V8 Supercar Championship race in Adelaide.
“We’re pleased to introduce the next incarnation of the Volvo S60 Polestar,” said Matt Braid, Volvo Car Australia Managing Director.
“The luxury sedan segment in Australia is defined by significant performance variants. Following on the from the successful limited-edition run last year in Australia, Volvo decided to introduce unique Polestar variants on the production line for a number of markets.
“As Polestar’s test market, if you like, we are delighted to be at the forefront of Polestar’s global development as a high-performance sub brand.”
The evolution of the S60 Polestar is based on feedback from Australian journalists and customers to the highly-capable debut model with this next generation, model year 2014 version, featuring gearshift paddles, new Brembo brake package and a subtly-revised interior to further distinguish the S60 Polestar as a car at the very top of its game.
The six-cylinder turbo-charged T6 engine has been optimised by Polestar with a bigger turbo, new intercooler, revised engine mapping and racing exhaust to produce 257kW and 500Nm.
The six-speed automatic gearbox has been Polestar-optimised, which means quick-shift gearchanges via the new gearshift paddles. In conjunction with the launch control – and Polestar-optimised Haldex AWD system – the S60 Polestar will accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds, and on to a limited top speed of 250km/h.
Chassis upgrades include modifications to increase rigidity of the chassis, with 80 percent stiffer springs relative to a standard S60 T6 R-Design. These changes combined, with the tailored high-performance Öhlins shock absorbers and 19” Polestar graphite alloy wheels result in a precise, yet comfortable, ride.
The brake system has undergone modifications for this latest incarnation. The S60 Polestar now boasts six-piston Brembo calipers, 370mm ventilated floating discs with high performance pads front and rear, providing superior braking performance with no fade.
To reflect the increased performance of the S60 Polestar, positive aerodynamic effects have been achieved through subtle, yet efficient, modifications based on data from tests in the Volvo Cars wind tunnel. The changes are visible with the front splitters, optimising the airflow underneath the car, as well as a new rear spoiler and diffuser, increasing downforce.
The new S60 Polestar incorporates unique sports seats for comfort during any driving condition. Upholstered in charcoal Nubuck and leather, these are complimented by blue stitching and an embossed Polestar logo.
The next generation Volvo S60 Polestar is proof that cutting-edge race technology fine-tuned for the road, can deliver a refined, assured and highly-entertaining performance car, capable of delivering whatever the weather.
The Volvo S60 Polestar will be available in showrooms from April 2014.