Volvo S60 Polestar: official details


Following much speculation and some grainy spy shots, official pictures have now emerged of a Volvo S60 Polestar Performance Concept.


Reportedly created for 'one special client', the Polestar S60 appears to be unashamedly directed at the BMW M3 and Mercedes C63 AMG. Nowhere is this more evident than under the bonnet.

Sadly (perhaps), the rumour that a performance-oriented S60 would feature the XC90's 4.4-litre V8 has proven false, but Polestar and Volvo have instead attached a Garrett turbo to the existing T6 powerplant. It must be one gigantic turbo, though, as it has boosted the cooking T6's power and torque figures by a huge 208hp and 99lb ft. The resulting outputs are a frankly ludicrous 508hp and 424 lb ft.

These are enough, says Polestar, for the S60 to run from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 'more than' 300km/h (186mph). Interestingly, drive is provided through a six-speed manual gearbox, a nice concession to the enthusiast in a world of performance autos.


As with the previous C30-based Polestar Performance Concept, the modifications to create this S60 are far more extensive than just bolting a turbo on. The body itself sits 30mm lower and the tracks have been increased by 20mm at the front and 40mm at the rear, whilst the Haldex four-wheel drive system has also been revised. Suspension changes come courtesy of Ohlins, and comprises three-way adjustable springs and dampers. The front brakes have been upgraded to a massive 380mm, the rotors gripped by six-pot Brembo calipers. And on top of all this, the S60 PCC is also around 90kg lighter than the US-spec car it's based upon.

The official word from Polestar is that a saloon like the PCC could make series production depending on market response. So, if you like it, get badgering your Volvo dealer now!



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  • Bladedancer 24 Jun 2012

    ManOpener said:
    Bladedancer said:
    It's pointless to compare modified to stock cars. You can tune RS6 and make it even faster. Let's stick to stock cars (ie what you can buy in the showroom) and leave tuned cars alone.
    Last time I checked, this was not a "stock" car. It's been modified by a tuning company, albeit on associated closely with the manufacturer. So, I would argue that it's closer to something like the MTM supercharged RS4 anyway. Now, if Volvo put it into production as a "Polestar" model then you could argue that it was a production vehicle (albeit in the way that Ruf Porsches are "production" cars) but until that point it is modified. So a comparison with other modified cars makes a great deal of sense

    Bladedancer said:
    If polestar's Haldex is RWD biased as you say it might be usable and actually be able to transfer power.
    The "driven" article that appeared the day after this one suggests as much.

    Bladedancer said:
    People keep dinging autoboxes, but aren't the dual cluth ones faster than manual change? Having said that I don't remember what box RS6 has.
    The RS6 came with a Tiptronic box, so a regular-type automatic box with a torque converter rather than a double-clutch.
    If you compare stock to modified, you can compare with 1000BHP+ sequential box GTRs (the still road legal ones) that can destroy about anything on the planet.
    So I prefer to stick to whatever the company is offering at the dealership. If this car was sold by Volvo then it should be compared with other showroom cars and I think it would do rather well, especially if price was reasonable. Heck, if it handled well I'd buy it (after a few years of depreciation that is smile) I still have fond memories of my 850.
    If you want to treat it as modified car... then there's a LOT of hardware out there that makes this one look fairly mundane.

  • ManOpener 22 Jun 2012

    Bladedancer said:
    It's pointless to compare modified to stock cars. You can tune RS6 and make it even faster. Let's stick to stock cars (ie what you can buy in the showroom) and leave tuned cars alone.
    Last time I checked, this was not a "stock" car. It's been modified by a tuning company, albeit on associated closely with the manufacturer. So, I would argue that it's closer to something like the MTM supercharged RS4 anyway. Now, if Volvo put it into production as a "Polestar" model then you could argue that it was a production vehicle (albeit in the way that Ruf Porsches are "production" cars) but until that point it is modified. So a comparison with other modified cars makes a great deal of sense

    Bladedancer said:
    If polestar's Haldex is RWD biased as you say it might be usable and actually be able to transfer power.
    The "driven" article that appeared the day after this one suggests as much.

    Bladedancer said:
    People keep dinging autoboxes, but aren't the dual cluth ones faster than manual change? Having said that I don't remember what box RS6 has.
    The RS6 came with a Tiptronic box, so a regular-type automatic box with a torque converter rather than a double-clutch.

  • Bladedancer 22 Jun 2012

    ManOpener said:
    Bladedancer said:
    RS6 weight slightly under 2 tonnes. Something in the region of 1985kg.
    Quite correct, the figure I used was for the Avant.

    Bladedancer said:
    How much will this S60 weight? It won't be featherweight that's for sure. Regular T6 weight 1.7 tonne and RS6 has 70bhp extra.
    Around 1700kg assuming that no efforts have been made to reduce the weight. There's not much discussion of weight saving and the C30 only shed around 20kg from the production model. But in terms of power-to-weight ratio, the Polestar trumps the RS6- 299bhp/tonne versus 286. Not a huge difference, but that before you take into account the automatic gearbox and the longer gearing.

    Bladedancer said:
    C30 is a different story - smaller, lighter car (T5 is 1.5 tonne) - essentially a Focus.
    It also had 109 less horsepower, and a lower power to weight ratio (about 275bhp/tonne); a less refined version of the Haldex AWD system too.

    Bladedancer said:
    So, which sports saloons have 0-60 below 4 sec? Apart from UK-special FQ400 evo.
    Bearing in mind this S60 looks more like user-friendly than race bred, stripped out Evo.
    Production or modified? There are a whole raft of modified Imprezas, Evos and B5 S/RS4s which are achieving sub-4-second 0-60 times with between 400-500bhp. MTM's supercharged B7 RS4 Avant is advertised as "sub 4 seconds" in its 0-60 sprint and that weighs around 1800kg. As an interesting aside, the FQ400 has a power-to-weight ratio of about 289bhp/tonne, which is less than the Polestar (albeit not by much).

    I don't quite understand why you find it so hard to grasp?

    Bladedancer said:
    And isn't Volvo's AWD system part-time Haldex based?
    The later generations of Haldex are closer to Mitsubishi's S-AWC or Nissan's ATTESSA than the early front-biased systems you see in Mk4 Golfs.
    It's pointless to compare modified to stock cars. You can tune RS6 and make it even faster. Let's stick to stock cars (ie what you can buy in the showroom) and leave tuned cars alone.
    If polestar's Haldex is RWD biased as you say it might be usable and actually be able to transfer power.

    People keep dinging autoboxes, but aren't the dual cluth ones faster than manual change? Having said that I don't remember what box RS6 has.

  • After_Shock 21 Jun 2012

    Bladedancer said:
    M3 rival - It's right there, underneath the article title...

    If that 0-60 is so easy, why RS6 has 4.4s despite 571BHP?
    C63 4.3 from 480 BHP.
    M5 4.3 from 550BHP.

    You want me to believe this Volvo will be as fast as 911 Turbo? Or Ferrari F430?

    0.5 of a second might not look like much but with in that time bracket it is really difficult to make car faster.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's a bad car, not by a long shot. I'm rather interested in it, provided it handles better than Volvos usually do (I had a 850, my dad has S60 and they both handled, well, poorly).
    Go back to my original post in this thread, did Volvo write the title of the article saying its an M3 rival?? No they didnt PH did in this example, as always with the press we see something and thats it everyone jumps behind it.

    Also has very well been said, the RS6 is over 2 tonnes and uses an old style auto box.

    C63 is RWD, get its power to the ground through only 2 tyres, not exactly easy.

    M5 again RWD, clever auto box admittedly but also a very heavy car.

    If the S60's manual lets it hit 60 in 2nd like the new Astra VXR's does, 60 mph very very quickly will be achieveable.

    Although 0-60 is a relatively crap way of judging performance on a car, its far from impossible.

  • jimbobsimmonds 21 Jun 2012

    Yea blackbeast.... We never indulge in such vulgar antics such as 0-60, its all about 60-100..... smile

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