Polestar, Volvo’s performance arm, has some serious changes coming soon. But until then, it will continue to modify existing Volvo models, turning them from timid luxury models to semi-wild performance rigs. With the 2018 models now launching, Polestar has just revealed its latest take on the S60 sedan and V60 wagon.
For the most part, the S60 and V60 Polestar are identical to the 2017 models, but there are a few useful updates. The key change in 2018 is the addition of a new carbon-fiber aerodynamic kit that increases downforce by 30 percent. These new components include a front splitter, side sills and a rear spoiler extension.
Polestar also will add a few other minor visual updates to the 2018 S60 and V60. On the outside, these include high-gloss black diamond-cut wheels, carbon-fiber mirror housings, and a new Bursting Blue Metallic hue. Inside, the S60 and V60 Polestar gain new upholstery, blue contrast stitching, and Polestar embroidering.
Other than these changes, the S60 and V60 Polestar are the same as before. They continue with their Ohlins dampers and six-piston brembo brake calipers putting the squeeze on 14.6-inch front rotors.
The under-hood bits also remain the same, as they carry on with the 2.0-liter Drive-E four-cylinder engine that produces 362 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. This power boost from the standard 2.0-liter engine comes courtesy of a higher-capacity turbo, strengthened connecting rods and camshaft, and a higher-capacity fuel-pump, air filter, and air intake.
This potent four-pot launches the S60 and V60 to 60 mph in just 4.4 and 4.5 seconds, respectively. Top speed checks in at 155 mph.
Polestar will produce just 1,500 of these models, but there is no mention of how many will be available in the U.S. and how much they will cost.
Stay tuned for updates.