Is Volvo working on a secret M3 rival?

Polestar has form with fast Volvos - like this one-off concept from 2010
Polestar has form with fast Volvos - like this one-off concept from 2010
Volvo and its tuning partner, Polestar Performance, are looking into building the first genuinely performance-oriented Volvo for a good many years, at least according to reports coming out of Sweden.

Polestar, who were responsible for the fabulously lairy 400hp C30 concept from a couple of years ago and who also run Volvo's touring car projects, seem to have finally persuaded the Swedish firm that a pukka performance model is just what it needs.

Could this take on the M3?
Could this take on the M3?
The new car, which will be based on the S60 saloon, will be a rival for the BMW M3 and Merc C63 AMG.

As for what engine will be found beneath the bonnet, the whisper is that it will be a 400hp V8, even though the test mule spotted by a reader of Swedish mag Teknikens Varld is a 304hp T6 AWD model. The reasoning behind this is that TV has heard reports that Volvo has bought the residual stock of V8 engines built by Yamaha originally for the XC90 and S80. And the question, naturally, is what Volvo plans to use them for... Let's hope there are some left for Noble too, which uses the engine as a basis for the M600.

TV reckons that the answer is a limited-edition super-fast S60 to be built by Polestar Performance and possibly appearing in some form next year. Concrete details are pretty much non-existent, but expect extensive use of carbon fibre and aluminium, four-wheel drive and possibly even a six-speed sequential gearbox (though a conventional manual seems more likely).

Sounds like a pretty mouthwatering combination to us. We hope the rumours prove true...

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  • jimbobsimmonds 16 Jun 2012

    Sorry if this has already been posted but:

    Polestar presents Volvo S60 Polestar performance concept
    Volvo Cars Official Motorsport and Performance partner Polestar present the Volvo S60 Polestar, a performance concept car developed with the aim of satisfying the performance minded driver. “We are proud to present Polestar’s interpretation of the Volvo S60” says Christian Dahl, founder and CEO of Polestar. “It’s a car developed with our own preferences in mind which, we from experience know, are shared by a group of active drivers”

    The main focus when developing the car has been to combine a comfortable genuine Volvo driving experience with a high level of power and handling. The Volvo T6 engine has been tuned to deliver a considerable increase in power and torque. This, in combination with a lowered, widened and reinforced chassis together with a tuned Haldex all-wheel drive system and Öhlins suspension makes the car suitable for both high performance driving and long distance travelling.

    Robert Dahlgren, Volvo Polestar racing driver, comments the driving experience: “to me the Volvo S60 is a very well sorted car from start. In our concept car we have developed chassis, engine and transmission just like we want it, and the result is a huge leap forward in terms of handling and performance. It is, by far, the most impressive street Volvo I’ve ever driven. But I must also say that the genuine Volvo feeling is still there. “

    The car presented at Gothenburg CityArena is the first car built for one specific client. A small series of Polestar modified S60s may be built pending market response;

    “Polestar’s heart and soul is motorsport and our main focus is to deliver the absolute best results for Volvo on the track” say’s Christian Dahl. “But over the years we have also seen a significant increase in demand for Volvo performance cars and parts and naturally we want to respond to this.”

    Technical specification


    ■0-100 km/h 3.9s

    ■Top speed more than 300km/h

    ■Volvo T6 inline six (B6304T4)

    ■508 hp @ 6500rpm

    ■575Nm @ 5500rpm

    ■Max rpm: 7100

    ■Modified cylinder head and combustion chambers

    ■Modified inlet manifold and air intake

    ■Special manufactured conrods

    ■Garret 3171 turbo

    ■Ferrita 3.5” stainless steel exhaust system
    Drive train

    ■Reinforced M66C (close ratio) manual 6-speed gear box.

    ■Haldex E-LSD in rear

    ■Haldex Gen4 XWD

    ■Tires 265/30R19

    ■Rims Polestar 9,5X19”

    ■Chassis lowered 30mm

    ■Öhlins 3- way shock absorbers

    ■Reinforced anti-roll bar front and rear

    ■Track width increased 20 mm front and 40 mm rear

    ■Polestar-tuned EHPAS steering

    ■Stabilising X- members, front and rear.

    ■Modified control-arms with uniballs front and rear.

    ■Reinforced bushings in sub-frame and control-arms

    ■Modified engine mounts

    ■Total weight 1640kg and optimized weight distribution

    ■Front Polestar-Brembo 6 piston calipers, 380 mm ventilated discs

    ■Rear Polestar-Volvo calipers, 302 mm ventilated discs

    ■Brake cooling air intakes from front

    ■Based on tests in Volvo’s wind-tunnel

    ■Lowered front splitter and larger rear spoiler to reduce high speed lift

    ■Carbon fiber diffusor

    ■Body 20 mm widened front and rear

    ■Polestar designed seats with increased support. Alcantara on all functional areas steering wheel, gear knob, and seats to ensure maximum grip.

    ■Centre console lowered for optimised gear-lever ergonomics.

  • Stedman 07 Jun 2012



    As news biggrin

  • jimbobsimmonds 07 Jun 2012

    I knew you'd be lurking smile

  • Stedman 07 Jun 2012

    Git. Beat me to it hehe

  • jimbobsimmonds 07 Jun 2012

    So it's confirmed then...


    I like the C30 in that colour but not sure about the S60... Hopefully they don't hold back like they did with the S60R...

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