Volvo Cars, has announced the launch of the quickest car it has ever made – the new 367 hp Polestar V60 estate. The V60 estate sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 155 mph.
The performance engineers at Polestar have added a bigger turbo, new conrods, new camshafts, a larger air intake and a higher-capacity fuel pump to augment the engine and matched it with a BorgWarner four-wheel-drive system and the new Polestar-optimized eight-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox.
On top of this new performance equipment, Polestar has radically reduced the car’s weight. The V60 Polestar is 24 kilos lighter over the front axle and 20 kilos lighter in total compared with the previous version.
“These cars are properly quick,” said Niels Möller, Chief Operating Officer, Polestar. “But they are more than that. They combine Polestar’s 20-year racing pedigree with Volvo’s inherent pragmatism and engineering heritage. These are very quick cars that you can use every day of the year.”
The V60 Polestar traces its heritage to the new Volvo S60 Polestar TC1, the all-new FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) race car from Polestar Cyan Racing. The new road car uses the same base chassis and engine, and the philosophy of the team behind the development.
“While used in vastly different ways, these cars share more than just technology. The core philosophy is the same, developed by people with the same passion. It is about creating performance that can be used in all situations, no matter if it’s about winning a championship or being able to enjoy a safe, functional and fun-to-drive car all year,” said Thed Björk, Polestar Cyan Racing race and development driver.
“All changes made to the car are about improving drivability and efficiency. The base of the new engine carries motorsport technology, with solutions such as the combination of turbo and supercharger, lightweight materials and more. This works hand-in-hand with our core philosophy and has enabled us to evolve the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar,” said Henrik Fries, Vice President R&D, Polestar.