Volvo have announced the launch of the quickest car it has ever made – the new 367hp Polestar V60 estate. Sprinting from to 62 mph in a scant 4.8 seconds, it is limited to a top speed of 155 mph, powered by a specially enhanced version of Volvo’s award-winning four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain.
The performance engineers at Polestar have added a bigger turbo, new con rods, new camshafts, a larger air intake and a higher-capacity fuel pump to augment the engine and matched it with a Borg Warner four-wheel-drive system and the new Polestar-optimised 8-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox. On top of this new performance-optimised equipment, Polestar has radically reduced the car’s weight. The V60 Polestar has slimmed down by 24 kilos over the front axle and is 20 kilos lighter in total compared with the previous model.“These cars are properly quick,” said Niels Möller, Chief Operating Officer at Polestar. “But they are more than that. They combine Polestar’s 20-year racing pedigree with Volvo’s inherent pragmatism and engineering heritage. These are very quick cars that you can use every day of the year.”
DriveWrite tested the original here. This new model also marks the globalisation of the Polestar brand. The first road-legal Polestar cars were launched in 2014 to limited markets. Today, Polestar is delighted to announce that it is expanding the number of markets where a Polestar will be sold from 13 to 47, and doubling production volume from 750 cars a year to up to 1500 (these figures include the new S60 Polestar, which regrettably won’t be sold in the UK).
The V60 Polestar traces its heritage to the new Volvo S60 Polestar TC1, the all-new FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) race car from Polestar Cyan Racing. The new road car uses the same base chassis and engine and the philosophy of the team behind the development.
The race and road car feature a further developed four-cylinder Drive-E engine, with the two-litre, twin-charged engine of the Volvo V60 Polestar producing 367horsepower and 347lb/ft of torque. Despite the increased performance, fuel consumption and emissions are at a class-leading level of 34.9mpg and 186g/km of CO² further proving the efficiency of Volvo’s Drive-E powertrain.
Other new features on the car include new 20” lightweight alloy wheels, Polestar-calibrated electro-assisted power steering and a new slotted front brake disc. Prices for the new V60 Polestar will be announced at a later date, and first UK deliveries are expected late in 2016.