A hot V40 could come with as much as 315bhp
Volvo UK boss Nick Connor said: “We would like to see more Polestars.” He added he “would like to see a V40 Polestar” in particular.
That he willingly suggested this implies there’s more than a passing chance of this model happening. The company’s performance division certainly needs more than one limited-edition model (125 V60 Polestars are UK-bound) if it’s to make a lasting impact.
Volvo has the powertrain hardware in the shape of the new 315bhp version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder Drive-E engine, as used in the new XC90.
The V40 is also available with four-wheel drive, a Haldex system used on the ultimate version of the Cross Country models.
Connor said: “We need to extend the offer, because [such models] are brand builders and a statement of our engineering prowess. But it has got to be done at a price people can afford. These kinds of cars are not cheap to engineer.
“I don’t think it’s a brand that can stretch across the entire range. An XC90 Polestar doesn’t make much sense to me, especially when we have a 400bhp plug-in hybrid on sale that delivers so much performance. Polestars should be specialist, unique, low volume and desirable.”
Connor also ruled out a return to the British Touring Car Championship for Volvo.
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