The days of hot performance Volvos may be here again. The carmaker has just announced it will compete in the 2014 V8 Supercar championship, and now this: the powerful new S60 Polestar has hit Australia.
No, the new S60 Polestar lands somewhere in the middle: with 257kW and "more than" 500Nm, the sports sedan is bettered by that $300,000 one-off, but comfortably outdoes the current 224kW T6 R-Design and the 242kW Polestar enhancement package.
The new Polestar's Australian debut comes as part of a new pilot program, with our market currently the only one to get the model.
Now you're asking, how many are there, and what's it going to cost me?
We suspect you'll need to be lucky to jag one - there's only 50 planned - and they're priced at $109,950 plus on-roads.
“We have built a car that we, as car enthusiasts, want to drive,” Christian Dahl, Managing Director of Polestar, said.
“This is a driver’s car, bringing out the very best of the already-competent Volvo S60 chassis with our experience and technology from motorsport.
“We received a fantastic response to our Volvo C30 and S60 Polestar concept cars, so we’re happy to now introduce our first production car to the Australian market. This is an important step forward for Polestar, one that promises an exciting future.”
Like the regular Polestar package - and unlike the one-off special - this new car is fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission only.
Weight remains unchanged - its 1684kg matching the standard T6 R-Design - but Volvo promises a 0-100km/h time of just 4.9 seconds.
And that's not bad. After all, you'll pay $160,000 before on-roads for the V8-powered Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG, and it promises a 0-100km/h time of 4.4 seconds.
The new S60 Polestar also wipes the floor with the regular Polestar-enhanced $75,490 T6 R-Design's 6.1 second time.
How does Volvo justify the likely price hike? There's a near endless list of mechanical and software tweaks to improve handling and response, and a number of key Polestar styling and aero additions.
Interestingly - and likely a matter of timing - the special new model is based on the outgoing pre-facelift S60.
But, you also get new 19-inch alloy wheels, bigger exhaust tips, a rear diffuser and a boot-lip spoiler, and of course Polestar badging.
The interior is also overrun with Polestar elements - as is the previous package - including branded door trims, steering wheel and gearshift knob, and door sills.
Volvo says that introduction of the S60 Polestar to further markets across the globe is under investigation pending the response of the Australian introduction.
So, what's your response? Watch for ours - by way of a launch review - later this week.
See below for a full list of features.
- 6-cylinder inline T6 engine, 2953cc
- 257kW (350bhp) @ 5700rpm, 500+Nm @ 2800-4750rpm | Max 6500rpm
- Fuel consumption: 10.2 l/100km combined
- Polestar engine software, New Borg Warner turbo, New intercooler
- 2.5-inch stainless full-flow exhaust system with 3.5" tail pipes.
- Polestar Öhlins road and track, 2-way adjustable shock absorbers
- Upgraded springs | 60N/mm front, 65N/mm rear (80% stiffer than stock)
- Upgraded stabilizers front and rear
- Upgraded rear tie blades
- Upgraded top mount in front and rear | Upgraded toe link arms in rear
- Strut brace with carbonfibre enforcement
- Bespoke Polestar rims, 8x19" ET51 | 235/40R19, Michelin Pilot Super Sport
- AWF21 automatic gearbox, Polestar software, Launch control
- Modified transmission software for faster shifts and launch control
- Modified AWD software for more rear torque
- Front: Volvo calipers, 336 x 29mm ventilated discs, Jurid 958 performance brake pad
- Rear: Volvo calipers, 302 x 22mm ventilated Brembo discs, HP2000 Brembo performance brake pads