Just imagine an Italian or German supercar being tailed by a bright “Rebel Blue” Volvo on the highway. Priceless. I could see the frustration in the driver ahead, not being able to shake off a car from a company better known for its safe family cars. Polestar’s interpretation of the Volvo S60 could be very well be knocking on BMW M3 and Audi RS4 territory. But a statement this bold is actually more of banging and kicking of the door than a simple knock.
To give you an idea what this super saloon is capable of, let’s start with the numbers. They've managed to squeeze 508 horses and 575 Nm of torque from the standard inline six T6 engine. It reaches 100 km/h in around 3.9 seconds and peaks at 300 km/h. Such extreme performance was achieved by massaging the stock cylinder head and combustion chamber to improve air flow and stuffing a Garret turbo down its throat. Then, a 3.5 inch full stainless exhaust system was sourced from Ferrita to get all that hot air out.
As for the chassis and suspension, it's lowered via a race-tuned Ohlins monotubes, while the body is reinforced to cope with the extra oomph. Lastly, it uses a Haldex-tuned AWD system to put all that power to the ground.
Jan Andersson, Chief Engineer at Polestar said: “We approached this project by looking at the production Volvo S60 as a platform for a potential race car - and the culmination of that data went into the design of the S60 Polestar Concept."
Do care to note that the S60 Polestar Edition will only be built on a limited run, which will definitely add to its desirability and collectability. This reminds me of the homologation years in the 80’s when manufacturers were required to produce a number of street legal versions of their race cars to qualify.
Hands down to Volvo for creating something this extreme. I'm sure this more than makes up for the dismal Polestar C30 that's no where near as mind blowing as this one.