Many race teams have a subsidiary company or partner when it comes to their racing division; for Volvo this is Polestar. The collaboration started in 1996 and, very occasionally, has led to some slightly more race focused road cars. For Volvo these, usually one off models, have generally been treated as concept cars rather than production models; now however, Polestar has developed a new V60 which will be produced internationally by Volvo.
The limited edition Volvo V60 Polestar marks a big step forward for Polestar in becoming Volvo's in-house tuning company whilst also marking a step forward into a new era of fast Volvo estates.
The Polestar edition starts out life as a V60 T6 AWD R-design before being taken by Polestar who tune the straight six engine to produce 350bhp and create 369lb ft of torque; this is a rise in power from 306bhp and 324lb ft. The added power makes this spritely estate go from 0-62 in just 4.9 seconds and will carry the car all the way to a limited top speed of 155mph.
A new 2.5-inch exhaust has also been added, this doesn't just help with the increase of power but also transforms the exhaust note, helping the electric blue body in adding to the presence of the car.
To help handle the new found power, the V60 Polestar utilizes the same fifth generation Haldrex AWD system as the T6. In normal mode the car acts much the same as its T6 cousin, however once ESC is turned off the car directs more of its power to rear of the car and becomes more focussed; allowing you to really drive the Polestar.
In addition to the various engine and part tweaks, the V60 Polestar takes advantage of some subtle aerodynamic tweaks to the front and rear spoilers; these tweaks add additional downforce and help to develop the cars handling characteristics. The V60 Polestar's massive stopping power comes from some new 371mm brake discs with six-piston callipers from Brembo.
Volvo are adamant that the Polestar edition is a driver's car and not a track orientated road car. This ethos is echoed once you step inside the vehicle, the V60 Polestar shares nearly its entire interior with the T6 - the only subtle changes coming in the form of Nubuck-covered sports seats, Polestar badges and certain elements highlighted in Carbon Fibre. These hints of the cars sporty underpinnings don't compromise the V60's comfortable and luxurious nature, ultimately offering the driver a mix of sports performance and day to day driveability.