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
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
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.