The biggest change centres around aerodynamics, with the facelifted models claiming downforce increased by a substantial 30 percent compared to the outgoing versions, thanks to data gained from Volvo’s participation in the World Touring Car Championship.
The restyled exterior flaunts a deep new front splitter, extended side sills, and an extended rear spoiler all fashioned from carbon fibre to ensure a minimal weight penalty.
To go with the new aero package, Polestar has also added carbon fibre mirror housings, gloss black diamond-cut 20-inch alloy wheels, with a new metallic Bursting Blue hue added to the exterior range. On the inside, upholstery has been freshened and blue contrast stitching and Polestar embroidery has been added.
Under the bonnet, Polestar has retained the previous model’s turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-litre Drive-E four-cylinder petrol engine with unchanged 270kW and 470Nm outputs. Drive is channelled to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Volvo claims the S60 takes 4.7 seconds to reach 100 km/h from standstill, with the V60 just one tenth behind it at 4.8 seconds with top speed limited to 250km/h. The revised model also comes with a production cap, with only 1500 individually-numbered vehicles to be produced globally.
In June this year, Volvo announced that Polestar would become a brand in its own right, continuing to modify Volvo’s production vehicles, but with a focus on electrification meaning that this generation S60 and V60 could be the last performance products available free from some kind of hybrid or electric assistance.
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