Last night TVG went to the launch of the brand new Volvo V40, ‘the world’s most advanced hatchback’. Richard Wilkin’s voice filled the exhibition hall as he introduced the V40 with a stunning audio-visual show. The V40 was gorgeous and certainly a car we’re keen to drive but we couldn’t take our eyes off the front of the room, to the striking blue car that was sitting on the opposite side of the media wall – the Volvo S60 Polestar.
The subdued S60 Polestar sitting at the front of the room was one of four in the world. The Swedish company has two which they lend out for testing and reviews, Jay Leno has one (why wouldn’t he) and there’s now one in Australia that was flown in on a plane to feature at the V40 launch and the Sydney Top Gear festival which begins on Saturday.
Polestar was founded in 1996 in collaboration with Volvo in order to drive forward Volvo’s investment in racing. This particular car was developed to combine a comfortable genuine Volvo driving experience with a high level of power and handling. The Volvo T6 engine has been tuned to deliver a considerable increase in power and torque to a staggering 508bhp. This, in combination with a lowered, widened and reinforced chassis together with a tuned Haldex all-wheel drive system and Öhlins suspension makes the car suitable for both high performance driving and long distance travelling.
If this thing pulled up next to you at the lights you’d think it was just a funky coloured mid-life crisis run of the mill Volvo, then the lights would go green and it would leave you for dead and the guy next to you in his M3. Despite the ridiculous price tag of $300,000 the S60 Polestar is an impressive beast, not just with its performance but it’s direction. It’s good to see the Swedish are thinking revisiting their racing roots and adding some competition to the hi-performance sedan category and as you’ll see in this Chris Harris video the S60 is a serious threat.