Mike Stevens | Jan 17, 2012

Volvo Australia has added the high-performance Polestar variant to the local S60 line-up, entering as an extremely limited-edition flagship model.

Just 50 of the S60 Polestar cars are available, priced at $82,990 (plus on-roads). That's $10,000 more than the 224kW T6 R-Design, the regular S60 range's top-shelf offering.

For the extra clams, you get an additional 18kW and 40Nm of torque for a total 242kW and 480Nm. Volvo says the S60 Polestar is good for a 0-100km/h dash in 5.8 seconds, compared to the T6 R-Design's 6.1 second run.

Fuel consumption and carbon emissions remain unchanged from the T6, listing 10.2 l/100km and 243g/km respectively.

As the name implies, the hardcore S60 was developed by Volvo's racing partner Polestar, known for its tuned European-market offerings and its Swedish Touring Car Championship racing Volvo C30.

Additional bits were put together by tuning house Heico Sportiv, including the S60 Polestar's 19-inch alloy wheels, quad-exhaust system and rear diffuser.

Inside, the S60 Polestar adds sports seats with stiffer bolstering, along with a leather-clad three-spoke steering wheel, blue-ringed instruments and aluminium-ridged pedals.

While the Polestar's performance tweaks can likely be achieved with aftermarket goodies for less than the $10,000 premium you'll pay here, the official package gives you a three-year unlimited kilometre warranty - and a wee bit of exclusivity, thanks to that build plaque in the cabin.


2012 Volvo S60 Pricing

  • Volvo S60 T4 - $48,990
  • Volvo S60 T4 Teknik - $53,990
  • Volvo S60 T5 - $51,990
  • Volvo S60 T5 Teknik - $56,990
  • Volvo S60 T5 R-Design - $59,990
  • Volvo S60 D3 - $54,990
  • Volvo S60 D3 Teknik - $59,490
  • Volvo S60 T6 - $64,990
  • Volvo S60 T6 Teknik - $69,990
  • Volvo S60 T6 R-Design - $72,990
  • Volvo S60 Polestar - $82,990

Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.

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