Modifications of the 186mph super saloon include a 30mm lower ride height and major revisions to the 3.0-litre straight-six motor
18 June 2012

Volvo has released official details and images of the Volvo S60 Polestar super saloon concept.

Underneath the unassuming bonnet of the marque’s Mercedes C63 AMG and BMW M3 rival lies a highly tuned version of the firm’s 3.0-litre T6 straight-six motor – including revised combustion chambers, inlet manifold and conrods - which is mated to a large Garrett 3171 turbocharger. 

Together, they produce 501bhp and 424lb ft of torque, which is enough to slash the Mercedes C63 AMG’s 0-62mph time by 0.6sec down to 3.9sec. Top speed is said to be ‘more than 186mph’ and drive is sent through all four corners via a six-speed close-ratio manual gearbox.

Compared with the standard T6 AWD Volvo model, these figures represent a power boost of 197bhp and 100lb ft torque. Top speed is also 31mph higher and 62mph sprint time 2.2sec quicker.

Modifications of the 186mph super saloon’s chassis comprise a 30mm lower ride height than the standard car, as well as a wider track front and rear by 20mm and 40mm respectively. For maximum traction, the Polestar sits on 19-inch alloys wrapped in 265/30 R19 rubber. 

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Anti-roll bars, engine mounts and cross members are also beefed up to cope with the hot S60’s considerable power hike and for added stopping power, Polestar has fitted strong, ventilated Brembo discs, measuring 380mm up front and 302mm at the rear. A 3.5-inch stainless steel exhaust system has also been fitted to improve air flow and to enhance the car's engine note.

To keep the concept’s 1640kg body stable at high speed, the Polestar’s ground-hugging body is also 20mm wider. Additional downforce comes courtesy of a lower front splitter, larger rear wing and a carbonfibre diffuser. 

Inside the Polestar, the cabin is clad in grippy Alcantara and the centre-console has been lowered to make changing gear easier and quicker. 

The Volvo S60 Polestar currently remains a one-off concept vehicle, but it could make limited production based on strong customer interest.

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18 June 2012

Yup, it's the Volvo from Hell.

18 June 2012

I think this is the first Volvo I've ever wanted

18 June 2012

Brannen wrote:

I think this is the first Volvo I've ever wanted

Perhaps you are just ignorant. 

18 June 2012

Volvophile wrote:

Perhaps you are just ignorant

At least he's not pathetic. Grow up.

This concept looks great. Just the right amount of aggression but still reasonably discreet. The stats are great for a vehicle of this type too.

I doubt it'll make production though, although with the Chinese in charge now you never know.

 


18 June 2012

…or is this the latest in a long line of tempting Volvos that get waved in front of our faces but never released? Getting bored now. 

18 June 2012

Maybe should have started with the C30 Polestar?, if it sold as fast as they could make em, then unleash the beast, but then these crs only sell if the testers in most mags like em too?

Peter Cavellini.

18 June 2012

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Maybe should have started with the C30 Polestar?, if it sold as fast as they could make em, then unleash the beast, but then these crs only sell if the testers in most mags like em too?

Agree.. The C30 Polestar should be the first one in the market and followed by this. That was a pocket-rocket.

18 June 2012

 

I think this is the best Volvo

18 June 2012

just make it

BJN

18 June 2012

Little disappointed with the engine in this car. Personally, I would have gone with the Yamaha-developed 4.4l V8 instead of the 3.0l inline6 but guess the extra weight of the V8 acted against it.

Wonder how much stress the 6cyl engine would be in putting out those figures. Will there be a switch to turn down the boost when not needed?

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