Volvo releases the 270 kW S60 and V60 Polestar

Volvo has introduced the 270 kW Polestar versions of the S60 and the V60. The vehicles are considered by the Swedish carmaker as the quickest cars it has ever produced. And 4.7 s to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h can be named quick by any standard (4.8 s for the V60). Check below the video Volvo has released on the cars.

They use a special version of the 2.0 4-cylinder Drive-E engine. This powerplant has a bigger turbo and a supercharger, along with a new camshaft, what requires many other modifications, such as a larger air intake and a higher capacity fuel pump. More resistant components, such as new conrods, are also part of the recipe. The cars are equipped with a BorgWarner four-wheel drive system and an 8-speed automatic gearbox, something that will surely be seen as a disappointment by many. Such a car deserves a manual transmission. As a compensation, this 8-speed has been optimized by Polestar. Torque is 470 Nm from 3,100 rpm to 5,100 rpm. Top power comes at 6,000 rpm. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

Polestar detail shots


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The S60 is 4.63 m long, 1.87 m wide, 1.48 m high and has a wheelbase of 2.78 m. Its weight varies from 1,570 kg to 1,766 kg, the weight of the former Polestar version, which had a 261 kW 3.0 6-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The Polestar version is 24 kg lighter over the front axle and 20 kg lighter over the rear axle. There seems to be some problem, since Volvo informs the S60 weighs 1,751 kg. With that, the former S60 Polestar would have to weigh 1,795 kg. The V60 is slightly longer, at 4.64 m long, and reasonably heavier, at 1,796 kg.

Polestar exterior static dark shots

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The car uses 20-inch lightweight wheels mated to Michelin Pilot Super Sport 245/35 ZR20 (95Y) XL tires. Its stops thanks to Polestar/Brembo 6-piston calipers on the front wheels, with 371 mm discs, and 302 mm ventilated rear discs, possibly with regular brake calipers. The suspension uses adjustable Polestar Öhlins dampers and a front strut brace with carbon fibre enforcement. Stiffer top mount front and rear and tie blade bushing make it behave better than the R-Design models, as well as the 80% stiffer springs.

Polestar interior shots

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The cars will be sold in 47 markets. These ones: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxemburg, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and USA.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.