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Volvo V60 Polestar Pictures Released

By raccars Published

Volvo has released pictures and details of a new high performance estate destined for the UK market next summer. The V60 Polestar is expected to be produced in limited numbers and Volvo has yet to confirm prices. Industry rumour suggests £40,000-£50,000.

For power, Volvo has tuned up its six cylinder turbocharged 3.0 litre petrol unit to produce 345bhp, which should drive the new model from 0-62mph within 4.9 seconds. The engine has been given a further boost with the addition of an uprated intercooler and a race exhaust system, evident by a throaty growl. The whole is controlled by a torque converting paddleshift six speed automatic transmission with launch control, that has been engineered for quicker shifts between gears, while torque is more evenly distributed with the aid of a Haldex four wheel drive system, set up to favour the rear wheels.

The stability control system has also received some attention and the new car has been given a bit of extra stopping power, thanks to performance brakes all round – 371mm ventilated front discs and six piston Brembo callipers. A retuned chassis has been given a bit of extra oomph with Ohlins shocks, while the car also gets a substantial set of 20 inch alloys and performance tyres. Overall, the chassis is significantly more rigid and the springs 80% stiffer than found on standard V60 models.

With all the extras, the Polestar comes in at 1,822kg, which is about 130kg more than the current Volvo V60.

From the outside, the Polestar modifications include new splitters to the front and a spoiler and diffuser to the rear, designed to increase downforce and, as a result, stability. For the interior, there's supportive sports seating and a new steering wheel, while the trim is in unique Polestar colouring.

The V60 is accompanied on the international market by an S60 Polestar saloon, also using the same 345bhp engine and boasting the same 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and 155mph electronically limited top speed. When the S60 Polestar concept was originally introduced in June 2012, it boasted a 500bhp unit but the production car is somewhat more realistic in scope, as Volvo is keen to make sure the Polestars are practical, everyday vehicles as well as hot performers, rather than track day drifting machines. At the moment, the auto press seems to be undecided on whether the S60 saloon will available in the UK along with the V60 Polestar estate.

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