The Swedish automaker is bringing its power-packed Polestar version of the S-60 April 14, 2017. While the enterprise has had the Polestar division for over 2 eras, we are only just getting the taste of Volvo’s performance variations. The automaker is in the process of giving its entire lineup a thorough makeover. After the XC-90 and the S-90 the company has set its sights on the XC60, which was freshly shown at the Geneva Motor Show. The S-60’s next generation model is still a long time away, and the Polestar should help rejuvenate the sedan’s sales.
The S60 Polestar is based on the S60 T6, which has a 2.0-litre petrol engine with dual forced induction. A turbo-charger and a super-charger feed in the extra oxygen to help the regular S60 T6 pump out 306 PS of power and 400Nm of torque. All the power and torque in the T6 goes to the front wheels, which limits its handling potential and results in a lot of torque steer.
The Polestar, with the same 2.0-litre motor and dual forced induction, makes 367 PS of power and 467 Nm of torque. Unlike the T6, the Polestar sends power to all four wheels, which maximizes traction and helps it post an impressive 0-100kmph acceleration in just 4.7 seconds. That is a saving of 1.2 seconds over the T6. The car can then go on to touch its electronically limited top speed of 250kmph. Its 20 inch Polestar fashionable wheels wrapped in low profile rubber increase its handling characteristics as well as aesthetics. The Rebel Blue paint job is also only available with Polestar cars.
Other features will be similar to the regular S-60 and the city safety feature will be a standout. The car uses sensors and applies brakes if it detects obstacles at city speeds. Despite having all approval for the use of radar in cars, the best suite of safety tech may not find a place in the Polestar. For now, the radar-based semi-independent driving kit is exclusively available with the XC90’s T8 variant.
We are expecting the Volvo S60 Polestar to cost between Rs.60 to 65 lakh. That puts it in the ring with the Mercedes-AMG C43 and the Audi S5, which carry a price tag of Rs.74.35 lakh and Rs.66.2 lakh, respectively.