Volvo confirmed this week that its new quickest cars, the V60 sports wagon and 270 kW Volvo S60 Polestar, will be available in South Africa this year.
Only 32 new Volvo S60 Polestar models will make their way to Mzansi buyers in the third quarter of 2016, with similar pricing to the previous model.
The new S60 Polestar undertakes the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.7 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 250 km/h, powered by a specially-enhanced version of Volvo’s award-winning four cylinder Drive-E powertrain.
Polestar has taken an original S60 with a highly-advanced 2.0-litre four cylinder Drive-E engine and added a bigger turbo, a supercharger, 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-optimised eight-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox.
The twin-charged engine churns out a mammoth 270 kW and 470 Nm.
On top of this new performance-optimised equipment, Polestar has also reduced the car’s weight. The Volvo S60 Polestar is now 24 kg lighter over the front axle and 20 kg lighter in total compared to the previous model year.
Both cars trace their heritage to the Volvo S60 Polestar TC1, the all-new FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) race car from Polestar Cyan Racing. The new road cars use the same base chassis, engine and philosophy of the team behind their development.
The race and road cars feature a further-developed four-cylinder Drive-E engine, with the two-litre, twin charged engine of the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar producing 270 kW and 470 Nm.
Despite the increased performance, fuel consumption and emissions are at a class-leading level of 7.8-litres per 100 km and 179 g/km CO2, further proving the efficiency of the Volvo’s Drive-E powertrain.
Other new features on the cars include new 20-inch lightweight wheels, Polestar-calibrated electro-assisted power steering and new slotted front brake discs, measuring 371 mm in diameter.