Stepping up its performance game, Volvo has confirmed that the 2015 Volvo S60 Sedan and V60 Wagon will be available here in full Polestar spec. This dynamic Swedish duo moves well beyond the R-Design S60/V60 vehicles presented earlier this year at the New York Auto Show with Polestar software upgrades that bumped output of their turbocharged inline-6 engine from 300 to 325 horsepower and lifted the torque rating from 325 to 354 lb-ft. Volvo's long-term go-fast partner treated this force-fed 3.0-liter to comprehensive breathing enhancements in the form of a new twin-scroll turbocharger and intercooler plus a free-flowing 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust system that imparts a throatier bite to its bark. Those changes helped the engine's hard numbers jump to 350 horses and 369 lb-ft of peak twist, but that's just the start of the story.
The full Polestar recasting also includes numerous other functional and cosmetic enhancements that start with focused recalibrations of its paddle-shifted 6-speed automatic transmission and Haldex all-wheel drive system to allow for more spirited driving. Chassis changes include the fitment of Öhlins high-performance shocks and custom springs that are 80-percent stiffer than the baseline R-Design coils complemented by a 20-inch Polestar wheel/tire fitment. With these hot S60 and V60 variants capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in less than 4.9 seconds and hitting an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph, the brakes also are upgraded with larger-diameter discs and Brembo front calipers.
To ensure they look suitably racy, the Volvo S60/V60 Polestar pair features subtle but effective aero tweaks. Up front, a more aggressive lower splitter optimizes airflow under the car while the rear revamp brings a unique spoiler and diffuser that improve downforce at speed. Inside, the Polestar influence is most evident in sport buckets that offer greater comfort and support, rubber-studded metal sport pedals and unique color and trim elements.
In summing up his firm's latest efforts, Henrik Fries, S60/V60 Polestar Technical Project Manager noted: "All in all, we have taken a major step forward in all areas, from chassis and engine to interior and exterior details. Development work has been focused on the overall package in order to create a car that you want to use every day, both from a practical and emotional perspective." So when will that happen? While the standard 2014 Volvo S60 and V60 models will be rolling into showrooms early next year, these 2015 Polestar offerings aren't due to arrive until June. Pricing will be released closer to their actual on-sale date.
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