Around this time last year, Volvo and Polestar released a concept version of the Volvo S60 Polestar. Volvo, proving the skeptics wrong once again, has announced that the S60 Polestar and newly announced V60 Polestar will reach international production in 2014.
Volvo has announced that the S60 and V60 Polestar are slated for production sometime next year. Polestar, Volvo's official motorsport program, has recently been experimenting with some of the company's top production cars. The unmistakably blue cars have officially been worked into Volvo's production lineup for next year, reviving the all but gone trend of unassuming Swedish performance vehicles.
Polestar has taken their race-proven developments to the road, using the Volvo S60 and V60 as their base platforms. It all starts with the engine, the six-cylinder turbocharged T6. Polestar has ditched the standard turbo for a new, twin scroll turbocharger which now produces 350 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. A new intercooler has been added to cool the incoming air, as well as a 2.5 inch stainless steel exhaust to finish off the car's more aggressive tone.
Chassis dynamics have also been changed for the Polestar vehicles to make them much more exciting to drive. The spring rates have been stiffened by 80 percent compared to the standard Volvo S60 R-Design, and the cars now use Ohlins shocks. Polestar has tuned the existing 6-speed automatic for faster shifting, and the Haldex all-wheel drive system gives the Polestar a 0-60 time of just under 5 seconds. Six piston Brembo brakes have been added to keep up with the increase in power.
In addition to the S60, Polestar has added the same treatment to the Volvo V60 wagon.
"With the introduction of the V60 model, we are proud to continue the heritage of fast Volvo wagons, such as the racing 850 BTCC, a tradition deeply rooted among Volvo enthusiasts," said Christian Dahl, Polestar CEO.
Along with the new chassis and drivetrain updates, the Polestar Volvos will have interior and exterior changes to differentiate them from other Volvos. Polestar has developed new aero features such as front splitters and rear diffusers to keep drag to a minimum, and provide extra downforce at speed. Inside the cars, Polestar has modified features like the steering wheel and seats for a sportier feel, while retaining famous Volvo comfort.
The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar will be available in June 2014; Volvo have not yet announced production numbers or pricing, but we're happy enough seeing the return of the legendary Volvo turbo wagons.