New 2017 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar models to produce 270kW and sprint to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds
The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar high performance models have had a heart transplant for the 2017 model year, with that shouty and lusty 3.0 litre straight six swapped for a 2.0 litre turbo charged and supercharged four-cylinder engine that produces 270kW and 470Nm of torque and the new car can now hit 100km/h in 4.7 seconds.
Polestar says the new performance figures were achieved by adding a bigger turbo, the supercharger, new conrods, camshafts and a larger air intake, along with tuning Volvo’s eight-speed Drive-E automatic transmission and mating the driveline to a Borg Warner four-wheel drive system for maximum grip.
Average fuel consumption has dropped to around 7.8 litres per 100 kilometres and the cars are 44 kilograms lighter than their predecessors, with 24 kilos saved over the front axle and 20 over the rear. As a result of the new efficiency, average fuel consumption has dropped to around 7.8 litres per 100 kilometres.
The 2017 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar models also receive new 20 inch wheels, Polestar tuned electro-assisted power steering and a new slotted brake disc of 371 millimetres
The engine swap comes as part of Volvo’s strategy for a four-cylinder only engine line-up.
“By any measure these cars are seriously quick,” said Kevin McCann, Managing Director of Volvo Car Australia. “When they arrive in Australia later this year people will be genuinely impressed.”
“They are born at the racetrack, but built for the road. The cars are very composed through corners, with lots of traction and enough low-end torque to make them very, very quick. They combine Polestar’s 20 years of racing pedigree with Volvo’s inherent pragmatism and engineering heritage. The end result is two very quick but functional performance cars that can be driven on normal Australian roads every day of the year.”
The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar share the same basic chassis and engine as the Volvo S60 TC1, the all-new FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) race car from Polestar Cyan Racing.