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Volvo Ups Performance Ante with Polestar Versions of 2017 S60 Sedan, V60 Wagon

Volvo Ups Performance Ante with Polestar Versions of 2017 S60 Sedan, V60 Wagon

By Philly Murtha, April 02, 2016
Volvo Cars, the Swedish automaker owned by China’s Geely Group, this week revealed two agile and quick 2017 performance models, the Polestar S60 sedan and V60 wagon. The cars with gutsy new powertrains will be available in limited numbers to consumers in the United States this summer.

Modified by Volvo’s Polestar motorsports and performance division in Gothenburg, Sweden, the Polestar S60 and V60 Wagon, shown in “Rebel Blue” exterior paint, will be the fastest of any of Volvo’s models in terms of acceleration. The variant compact premium sedan and wagon counterpart will be able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, according to Volvo, with a boost from an enhanced version of the automaker’s 4-cylinder Drive-E powertrain that produces 367 horsepower. Both the S60 Polestar and V60 Polestar are limited to a top speed of 155 mph.

To create the ultra-sporty cars, Polestar adds a larger turbo, supercharger, new connecting rods, camshafts, larger air intake, and higher-capacity fuel pump to enrich the car engine’s energy. The 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter, turbo- and supercharged engine is matched with an all-wheel-drive system and new Polestar 8-speed automatic transmission to produce 367 horsepower.

The previous versions of the Polestar S60 and V60 were powered by modified, turbocharged 6-cylinder engines that generated 22 fewer horsepower. Weight on the new variants has been reduced by 44 lbs. and the area over the front axle has been lightened for even better handling, Volvo says. Other new performance features include electro-assisted power steering and new Brembo slotted brakes. The Polestar variants ride on 20-in. wheels.

Polestar reports that both of the street-legal cars take cues from a rich racing heritage and the all-new FIA World Touring Car Championship racecar from Polestar Cyan Racing. In addition to racecar-worthy attributes, the new 2017 Polestar S60 and V60 feature improved fuel economy, although EPA estimates are not available yet. Volvo also announced that it is doubling production of Polestars to 1,500 from 750 for global distribution. Polestar’s first performance cars, based on Volvo's S60 and V60, were launched in 2014. Pricing has not been revealed.

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