Polestar develops all-new sporty Volvo S60, to be showcased at TTA Series
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A performance concept car developed on the lines of the requirements of a performance-oriented driver to provide satisfaction to the same, the official Motorsport and Performance partner of Volvo Cars, Polestar, announced the Volvo S60 Polestar. Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Polestar, Christian Dahl, said, "We are proud to present Polestar's interpretation of the Volvo S60." He further added, "It's a car developed with our own preferences in mind which, we from experience know, are shared by a group of active drivers."
While developing the new car, the main focus of the car maker has been on creating the perfect blend of high power and excellent handling, along with the opulent Volvo driving experience. The powertrain assimilated in the car, a Volvo T6 unit, has been tweaked to deliver increased power and torque output. When coupled to a lowered, widened as well as reinforced chassis working in conjunction with a tuned Haldex all-wheel-drive (AWD) system and Öhlins suspension, the car becomes the perfect vehicle for high performance driving and long distance travelling.
The uptuned powertrain unit is built to deliver an astonishing 508 hp of maximum power and 575 Nm of peak torque, an increase of 208 hp of power and 134.2 Nm of torque as compared to the standard version of the engine. With the enhanced power output, the Volvo S60 can touch 100 kmph from standstill in just under 3.9 seconds.
Commenting on the driving experience, A Volvo Polestar racing driver, Robert Dahlgre, said, "To me the Volvo S60 is a very well sorted car from start. In our concept car we have developed chassis, engine and transmission just like we want it, and the result is a huge leap forward in terms of handling and performance. It is, by far, the most impressive street Volvo I've ever driven. But I must also say that the genuine Volvo feeling is still there."
The car which was exhibited at Gothenburg City Arena is the first Volvo S60 built for an unknown buyer. Going by the market response, the car maker may manufacture a small series of Polestar modified S60s. With the usage of carbon fibre elements, the car maker has been able to shave off 204 pounds off the car as compared to the existing S60 available in the North American market. Interiors of the model have been modified as well, with Alcantara leather on steering wheel, gear knob and seats for extra grip. The central console in the cockpit has also been placed a little lower in order to optimise the gear-lever aesthetics. Polestar has also integrated redesigned seats that render better support to the passengers in the car.
Dahl said, "Polestar's heart and soul is motorsport and our main focus is to deliver the absolute best results for Volvo on the track." He added, "But over the years we have also seen a significant increase in demand for Volvo performance cars and parts and naturally we want to respond to this."
Progressing from the epic Volvo C30 Polestar, the new car has started a new journey in the 16-year-long history of Polestar and Volvo alliance. In the new Swedish racing series TTA - Racing Elite League 2012, Volvo Polestar racing has nominated four Volvo S60s. Besides the racing variant, Polestar has also developed a street version of the new S60. The new Volvo S60 Polestar will be officially launched at the third race round of the TTA Series, which is being held on Polestar's home track in downtown Gothenburg, Sweden, on June 16, 2012.
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