Volvo updates 2018 Polestar S60 and V60

Posted on Aug 29, 2017 by

Swedish Chinese-owned manufacturer and the brand’s performance arm have put their all-wheel drive S60 and V60 models to a strict high carbon fibre diet

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Ever since the Chinese bought Volvo in 2010 the famous Swedish box-maker has been on the rise developing a new global car architecture and launching three core models including two SUVs, the XC60 and XC90.

Last year Volvo in fact posted a record result, selling more than 530,000 vehicles globally and announcing a move to an all-electrified range from 2019.

The Swedish manufacturer’s performance arm Polestar, too, put forward plans to develop an all-electrified product portfolio, but in the meantime there are slight updates for the petrol-powered 2018 model year to get through.

Polestar has just released news of the 2018 S60 sedan and its related V60 estate body style variant, both receiving midlife enhancements to keep the cars fresh and improve performance.

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New enhancements for 2018 include bigger brakes with six-piston Brembo callipers

On the outside the two get aerodynamic improvements that Polestar claims increase downforce by 30 percent for improved handling at high speed — furthermore Polestar says the parts were developed and tested at the Nürburgring Nordschleife where Volvo set the record for the fastest four-door road-legal car around the infamous Green Hell (they posted a time of 7:51.110 around the 20km+ circuit earlier this year).

Made of carbon fibre the aerodynamic components include a new front splitter, side sills, and a larger rear spoiler. Volvo doesn’t reveal whether the parts increase downforce at the expense of more aerodynamic drag. Polestar will produce a limited number of 1,500 of these cars, each receiving a numbered plaque.

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Carbon fibre components include the rear spoiler, side sills, front splitter, and door mirror casings

Inside the cockpit the designers added new seat upholstery, blue contrasting stitching and Polestar embroidering. Additional cosmetic changes include gloss black diamond cut wheels, carbon fibre mirror casings, and a new colour choice called Bursting Blue Metallic.

The Swedes say in total more than 250 components have been changed for the 2018 Polestar models compared to the standard S60 and V60, such as key features like the new 371mm six-piston Brembo brakes and new adjustable Öhlins shocks.

The powerplant remains the same however, which is no bad thing considering we’re talking about one of the most powerful four-cylinder production engines on the planet — the turbocharged lump makes 367 horsepower while returning fuel economy to the tune of 7.8 liters per 100km. In the 2018 Polestar S60, that’s good for a top speed limited to 250km/h and 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds, while the V60 estate takes 4.8 seconds.

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