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Australia gets 350hp Volvo S60 Polestar

One fast and mean S60

Toni Avery
Apr 18, 2013

If this Volvo looks familiar that's probably because it is the same one that European Car Magazine got their hands on last year. And if you remember clearly the S60 was not an official Volvo car, but it hinted at a future possibility of models to come.

Following in the footsteps of the earlier C30 Polestar concept, the S60 leaves the concept in its dust with 500hp (compared to 450 on the C30) turbo motor with a motorsport AWD chassis. Although the S60 was Volvo's version of the M3 RS4 and others, the car had not yet been put into production.

So as to not let any high-performance enthusiasts down, Polestar decided to pick up the project and put the car through production for the Australian market through the Volvo Cars Australia network. The only downside to this is that the incredible 500 hp has now been reduced to 350 hp, but is still the most powerful Volvo available.

Borrowing technology from Polestar racecars, the S60 uses Ohlins dampers, high performance brakes and the before mentioned greatly developed chassis. In addition the front splitter, rear wing and diffuser help to give the S60 optimal aerodynamics. Along with better aerodynamics comes a bigger turbo, new intercooler, revised software and exhaust all shoved into the six-cylinder T6 turbo engine producing 370 hp rather than 350. Acceleration time is 4.9-seconds to 60 with the help of the Polestar six-speed automatic transmission with launch control and 4WD system.

And as if those stats aren't enough to impress you, the S60 can also reach a top speed of 155 mph.

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Technical Specifications

Performance
0-62mph 4.9sec
Top speed 155mph - limited

Engine

6-cylinder inline T6 engine, 2953 cc
350bhp @ 5700rpm
370 lb-ft @ 2800-4750rpm
Max 6500rpm
Polestar engine software
New Borg Warner turbo
New intercooler
2.5" stainless steel exhaust system with 3.5" tailpipes

Chassis

Polestar/Öhlins, two-way adjustable shock absorbers
Upgraded springs (80% stiffer than stock)
Upgraded sway bars
Upgraded rear tie blades
Upgraded top mounts
Upgraded rear toe link arms
Strut brace with carbon fiber reinforcement
235/40 R19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
8x19" ET51 Polestar wheels

Weight

3712 lb - the same as the Volvo S60 T6 R-Design

Drivetrain

AWF21 automatic transmission
Modified transmission software for faster shifts and launch control
Modified AWD software for more rear bias

Brakes

Front: 336x29 mm ventilated discs
Rear: 302x22 mm ventilated discs

Aero

Polestar front splitter corners
Polestar rear spoiler
Polestar diffuser
Interior/Exterior
Polestar door trims
Polestar badge on front grille
Polestar badge on trunk
Polestar shift knob
Polestar engine badge
Polestar Limited Edition plate on door sills and steering wheel
Black mirror covers

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