What Is It?
2015 Volvo V60 Polestar
What's New About This Model?
Much as BMW has M, Audi has Quattro (S and RS) and Mercedes has AMG, Volvo debuts its own performance sub-brand with the 2015 Volvo V60 Polestar. Named after and developed with longtime racing partner Polestar, this V60 variation promises to significantly up the excitement while maintaining everyday drivability.
When Does It Go on Sale?
It will be available in June 2014. Fewer than 100 will be heading to the United States, so if you're interested it's best to ask a dealer about one now.
How Much Does It Cost?
Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
What Kind of Engine and Transmissions Does It Have?
The 2015 Volvo V60 Polestar features a tuned version of Volvo's "T6" six-cylinder engine. With a new intercooler, Polestar full-flow exhaust and Borg Warner twin-scroll turbocharger, this powertrain produces 350 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. By comparison, the V60 T6 R-Design produces 325 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and launch control are standard, while the Haldex all-wheel-drive system has been tuned by Polestar to distribute more torque to the rear wheels.
How Fast Will It Be?
Volvo claims the V60 Polestar will go from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. That would make it just as quick as an Audi S4.
What Other Performance Upgrades Are There?
For sharper handling, Polestar increased the spring rate by 80 percent and upgraded the suspension with Öhlins shocks. Ventilated disc brakes with six-piston Brembo calipers add stopping power, while the 20-inch wheels, frankly, look incredibly cool.
Anything Special Inside?
The Polestar's seats are covered in a special combination of leather and suedelike "Nubuck" fabric with blue stitching. There's also a thicker, Nubuck-covered steering wheel, a unique shifter and a special trim that's vaguely carbon fiberlike.
Do I Have To Get a Wagon?
No. There is also a 2015 Volvo S60 Polestar sedan. Together, there will only be 120 imported to the United States.
Do I Have To Get That Crazy Blue Color?
Why wouldn't you want Rebel Blue? It's awesomely Swedish. But no, black, silver and white are also available.
Is it Still Comfortable and Practical Like Other Volvos?
Polestar's Hans Baath said that its intention was not to create a street-legal Volvo racecar. Instead, the V60 Polestar still had to be easy to drive and comfortable for your daily life. With 80 percent stiffer springs, though, we're not sure how much comfort you can expect. There are no changes to the V60's decent backseat and cargo space.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
2014 Audi S4: Sadly, there is no longer an Audi S4 Avant on sale in the United States. Nevertheless, today's S4 sedan version similarly offers all-wheel drive and a six-cylinder engine, albeit a supercharged one. It'll be easier to get than the V60 Polestar, but far less exclusive.
2014 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon: This is the only high-performance wagon offered in the V60 Polestar's price range. Its intense supercharged V8 and rear-wheel drive make it a significantly different animal from the Volvo, however. It's also rather rare and unlikely to survive past 2014.
Should You Wait for It?
Waiting would probably be a bad idea since its limited production run means you may miss your chance to own one of these unique, performance-tuned Volvos. It'll be an oddball collector car for years to come.