Volvo’s outlandishly powerful S60 Polestar Concept has been taking to the pages of automotive magazines and car-related websites by storm and finally, Volvo has announced that we will see a production version of the Swede carmaker’s 508bhp beast.
The S60 Polestar will first hit the roads in a pilot programme for the Australian market, whereby it will carry a detuned six-cylinder turbocharged T6 engine which puts out 350bhp and more than 500Nm of torque – eye-popping performance figures for an S60 nonetheless. This powerplant will propel the Polestar to 100kph in just 4.9 seconds while top speed is limited at 250kph.
Despite wearing the shell of an S60, the Polestar is intensively re-engineered underneath. Its stabilizers, rear tie blades, rear link arms and springs have all been upgraded while its strut brace is now reinforced with carbon fibre. It rides on Ohlins road and track 2-way adjustable shock absorbers while rims are 19-inches in diameter wrapped with Michelin rubbers.
The onboard software has also been tuned specifically for the Polestar to further tune the launch control, transmission timings and AWD torque distribution. Despite the performance updates, the Polestar still weighs the same as the S60 R-Design at 1,684kg.
Since its unbelievably fast turbocharged wagons of the 90s, Volvo has failed to excite us with anything properly quick. Will the Polestar put an end to the wait and revive Volvo’s status as a carmaker capable of building M3-rivalling machines? With those published figures, the big boys might have a reason to worry a little.