Volvo is set to venture into the world of making performance-oriented automobiles. The automaker is following the example of BMW with their M brand and Mercedes with AMG. Volvo‘s acquisition of Polestar, a company that produces performance parts for Volvo cars indicates the automakers intention. Except for the TWR Volvo 850 BTCC racer, the Volvo S60 Polestar sedan and its twin V60 polestar hatch are the quickest production cars from the Swedish outfit.
However, in a few years time, Volvo wants to expand its lineup of performance models. Back to the 2017 Volvo S60 Polestar, the automaker has improved the model along with its wagon sister, the V60 to offer more juice and hence more speed. Read along to find out more:
2017 Volvo S60 Polestar Exterior
The exterior is almost identical to the standard S60 sedan. However, the automaker has made some subtle visual changes to the performance sedan to set it apart from the standard S60. It is identical to the concept Volvo showcased back in 2012 at the Los Angeles Auto show.
At the front, the performance sedan features a pronounced grille compared to the standard model. The grille comes with Volvo’s logo at the center. The sedan’s headlights have been integrated with new LED DRLs. Below the grille and close to the lower bumper, are bigger air vents to allow more cooling air to the engine. At the rear, the performance sedan is differentiated by a pair of elegant Boomerang shaped LED taillights. The rear is also enhanced by dual-exhaust tips, one on each side. The performance sedan also gets a set of 20-inch light alloy wheels.
The vehicle is based on a new chassis adopted from the Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 which has helped the car cut 44 pounds from its curb weight compared to the predecessor model.
2017 Volvo S60 Polestar Interior
Volvo has not disclosed much about the sedan’s interior styling. However, from the information available I can tell the new cabin’s charcoal trim enhanced by Alcanatara and Nubuck trims. The sport seats are deeply bolstered for more support. The seats also feature Polestar graphics that indicate that this is not your regular S60.
Other features include a sport steering wheel and a virtual instrument cluster which has a blue background. Polestar graphic touches extend to the door panels, shifter knob and carpets. The cabin also features a carbon fiber center stack and rubber-studded aluminum footrests and pedals.
For entertainment, the performance sedan features an updated version of the Harman Kardon Sensus Connect Premium audio system. I also believe the vehicle will feature an up-to-date-infotainment screen with a large screen, latest connectivity features and a good package of driving aids. We will update you with more information when more information becomes available.
Engine Specs and Performance
New for the 2017 model year, Volvo has hooked up the S60 polestar with a new drive-train. The automaker has replaced the previous turbocharged 3.0 L V-6 with a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine. The new engine has pumped 27 extra horses to the setup. The engine pumps out 367 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque.
This excellent performance is courtesy of a bigger turbocharger, a supercharger, a bigger air intake system as well as new conrods and camshafts. The power is channeled to a BorgWarner four-wheel drive system via an 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission system.
The increased power coupled with a new platform and reduced curb weight combine to help the Polestar become very fast. The car can now hit 60 mph from standstill in 4.7 seconds, 0.2 seconds better than the outgoing model. The S60 has a top speed of 155 mph. In terms of fuel economy, Volvo estimates that the model will be more frugal. It is estimated to return 30.2 mpg in combined drives which is quite impressive.
The model shares this drive-train with its hatch sister the Polestar V60.
Price and release date
Volvo is yet to disclose the official prices of the S60 sedan. It is also not clear when the automaker plans to release the model. Most likely, the vehicle may arrive in the last quarter of this year. However, Volvo has said it plans to double production of the sedan and the hatchback to 1,500 up from the current 750 units per year.
The automaker also said they are planning to expand the market reach of the V60 and the S60 from the current 13 countries to 47. As of now, it is not clear how many models will be available in the US. Last year, the automaker offered 80 wagons and 40 sedans to the American market.
The BMW M3 and Mercedes AMG models will be the chief competitors of both the V60 wagon and S60 sedan.