Say hello to my newest object of automotive lust – the Volvo V60 Polestar – because it’s coming to a dealership near you.
Those of you who know me are probably thinking that my buddy Logan has commandeered the website, and that this is all some big sham. Fear not – this is a Volvo I can lust after. Just look at it. Right now. Look at the majestic machine on the left.
Okay. Now I’ll give you a moment to wipe the drool from the corner of your mouths (as I wipe it from my own), but keep the napkins handy. That sexy little wagon right there isn’t your grandmother’s boxy Volvo. No, what we have here is a 350 horsepower all-wheel-drive beast that can sprint from 0-60 miles per hour in under five seconds. Re-commence drooling now.
For those of you who might not be familiar, Polestar is Volvo’s performance division. Think like BMW M, or Mercedes AMG, just not as prominent over here in the US. Hopefully, with cars like the V60, and I suppose the S60 that’s beside it here, that will soon change.
To quote Christian Dahl, the CEO of Polestar, “We are proud to present the S60 and V60 Polestar. A car developed for those who share our passion at Polestar: that driving really matters and that a true driver’s car should enable you to enjoy driving all year, on all roads and in all weather conditions. This is a driver’s car for real life.”
It truly is. In addition to the 0-60 time already mentioned, the V60 Polestar is good for a top speed of 155 miles per hour (electronically limited, of course). There are 20 inch wheels on all four corners of this AWD longroof terror, and the inline T6 engine makes 369 lb. ft. of torque from 2800-4750 RPM thanks to its new twin-scroll Borg Warner turbocharger. That’s a VERY useable powerband for the street or the autocross course. For those of you (not me, mind you) in colder climes, the Polestar specific 2.5 inch dual exhaust system is crafted from stainless steel.
Unfortunately, there’s no manual gearbox available, only a paddle shiftable auto, but it’s been specifically calibrated by Polestar for faster shift times, it has launch control, and it also has a curve-hold feature to make spirited driving a blast. Stopping is handled by Brembo six piston calipers on massive 14.6 inch front 11.9 inch rear brake rotors.
What do you think? Does the V60 Polestar (or, I guess, the S60 if you’re more into that sort of thing) have what it takes to be part of your garage? Would you take it over a comparable Audi, Mercedes-Benz, or BMW? Hopefully these cars are just a taste of things to come, and I, too, can join the Prancing Moose club.
For more information, take a look at the official press release from Volvo here: Volvo S60/V60 Polestar Press Release