Volvo’s been quiet for a while, but it’s showing signs of life. Last year we got a lineup-wide refresh, and a new engine lineup is on the way. The all-new V60 is just hitting the streets, and now Volvo’s ready to put some excitement back into the range with all-new Polestar models, which made their official debut in Chicago.
Polestar is a long-time modifier and racer of Volvo products, and has collaborated in recent years with the company to produce hotter versions of the roadgoing cars. For 2014, the distinctive Polestar blue will be applied to the S60 and V60, creating the most powerful production Volvos ever. The high-performance Polestar models feature Volvo’s turbocharged straight-six engine with an upgraded twin-scroll turbocharger and a 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust, with revised engine management. The result is 345 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters throws the power to all four wheels via Volvo’s Haldex all-wheel drive system, which has also been tweaked by Polestar. Volvo claims a 4.7-second 0-60 run. A launch control system is also included.
The suspension hasn’t been neglected, with six-piston Brembo brake calipers and massive 14.6-inch front brakes under unique twenty-inch wheels. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires wrap the wheels, so the Polestar cars are equipped to handle. Ohlins shock absorbers stiffen the suspension.
The Polestar S60 and V60 have been upgraded inside and out. A choice of Black Sapphire or Rebel Blue paint drapes the body, which have been modified with a front splitter and rear air diffuser for improved high-speed stability. Inside, Polestar has added blue piping on the aggressively bolstered seats.
Just 120 of the Polestar S60 and V60 models will be coming to the U.S., and they’ll hit the ground running this June. Pricing will be announced closer to the launch.