Power is expected to come from a turbocharged version of the 4.4-litre Yamaha V8 found in the XC90

A 500bhp, Polestar-developed version of the Volvo S60 will make production, insiders have revealed. The new model, developed by the team behind Volvo’s Swedish Touring Car Championship entry, was spied in Sweden for the first time last week and is said to be close to a market launch.

Insiders have given no details away other than the BMW M3-eclipsing power output. It is unlikely Volvo would have stretched its six-cylinder engine to make such a figure, so power is expected to come from a turbocharged version of the 4.4-litre Yamaha V8 found in the XC90 (and 
the Noble M600).

A Haldex all-wheel drive system is also likely to feature, along with a pair of clever differentials taken from the C30 Polestar concept.  

The spy pictures mask Polestar’s bodywork changes, but these are likely to include a more aggressive front end with additional engine cooling, plus wider sills and a diffuser at the rear. The spy pics do show the new, larger alloy wheels.

Polestar offers performance upgrades for various Volvo models, but it has not created a full-blown Volvo production car before. The Polestar C30, which used a 400bhp 2.5-litre, five-pot engine, was never given the green light, despite positive feedback. 

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9 June 2012

When I was a lad we always called Volvo's tractors. This is some tractor! I still dont like them, never have, but this does kind of catch the eye, and with a Yamaha under the bonnet, could make a whole lot of difference. Hopefully they will have thrown away all that awful white "wood" interior !

what's life without imagination

9 June 2012

I think the new volvos look great but this will be pretty dam awsome! look forward to it coming out, hope the 4WD dosent kill the fun of it though

9 June 2012

... as long as they will do it with a proper manual and not with that stupid geartronic.

 

9 June 2012

zetapiscium wrote:

... as long as they will do it with a proper manual and not with that stupid geartronic.

I dont think the current geartronic is capable of that kind of power, so I suspect it will be either a brand new autobox or a reinforced manual. The only thing I find strange is that Volvo have stated they are dropping all engines with more tha 4 cylinders. The V8 will fit in the S60,  it was used in the S80 and they share the same chassis (Ford EUCD) 

9 June 2012

Why the S-60?,aren't they aiming to high?, i think the better price pointfor the C30 would have been £23-30K,because this car would have been something new to frighten the Focus RS and the like,aiming at Bavaria's best is wishful thinking.

Peter Cavellini.

9 June 2012

Yum!!

 The polestar C30 should of been made no arguments but this will do just fine instead!! 

9 June 2012

So, stick a trick engine,fit your idea of suspension,it may go faster,it might even handle well, but,who in there right minds is going to buy an unproven product?,yu'd wait a year or so to see how it does, then decide, no,start small with the C30 Polestar,if that goes down well?.....then built the car to take on Bavaria's best.

Peter Cavellini.

9 June 2012

when volvo said all future cars were going to get 4 cylinder engines i didnt realise that some would get 2 stuck together. Excellent. As has been said, if it comes with a manual box, and handles the power it could be a great car.

Aero, you better get saving.........

9 June 2012

Isn't this the next size up and so more of a 5-series rival?

Sounds like it could be great, but I can't see it rivalling the BMW. When it comes to large super saloons, Volvo doesn't exactly spring to mind.

10 June 2012

mdouth258 wrote:

Isn't this the next size up and so more of a 5-series rival?

No.

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Sounds like it could be great, but I can't see it rivalling the BMW. When it comes to large super saloons, Volvo doesn't exactly spring to mind.

Yes, but why can't that change?

Besides, it's not as if Volvo don't have a history of producing performance models.

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