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Polestar for SA: Volvo’s superstar here for Christmas

  • Volvo S60 Polestar gets Drive-E for more power
  • WTCC race-car tech for 32 South African buyers
  • Four-cylinder Drive-E engine makes 270kW
2016 Volvo Polestar
JUST YOUR AVERAGE UPMARKET FAMILY CAR? Not quite. Forget the old image of Volvo for the Over Fifties – this is the Polestar, a cracker of a sports sedan. Image: Volvo SA/Quickpic

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Volvo and Polestar – the latter a performance brand owned by the Swedish automaker – have announced the launch of the quickest cars they’ve yet made – the 270kW/470Nm S60 sedan and V60 sports wagon.

The sedan version has been confirmed for limited sale (32, the automaker says) in South Africa this year (2016), each powered by an enhanced version of Volvo’s award-winning four-cylinder Drive-E power train

The cars can reach 100km/h in 4.7sec and accelerate on to 250km/h.

2016 Volvo Polestar
DOESN’T LOOK TOO MEAN, HEY? But treadle the pedal and the Polestar will get to 100km/h in 4.7sec – race-car stuff. Image: Volvo SA/Quickpic

Polestar took a standard S60 with its two-litre, four cylinder, Drive-E engine and added a bigger turbo, a supercharger, stronger connecting rods, new camshafts, a larger air intake and a higher capacity fuel-pump and hooked it to a BorgWarner all-wheel drive through an eight-speed Geartronic autobox.

The S60 Polestar is 24kg lighter over the front axle and 20kg lighter in total compared to the previous model.

Niels Möller, Polestar’s chief operating officer, told The Corner through a media release: “These cars are properly quick but also combine Polestar’s 20 years of racing pedigree with Volvo’s inherent pragmatism and engineering heritage. These are very fast cars that you can use every day.”


 

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The cars also mark the globalisation of the Polestar brand since its first road-legal cars were launched in 2014 to 13 markets, one of them South Africa. Polestar will now export 47 countries and double production to 1500 a year.

2016 Volvo Polestar
PACKED-IN POWER: The 2016 Volvo S60 Polestar can make 270kW and a (limited to) 250km/h. Image: Volvo SA/Quickpic

The sedan and wagon have their heritage in the Volvo S60 Polestar TC1, an FIA World Touring Car championship race car from Polestar Cyan Racing and used the same chassis, engine and philosophy of the team behind their development.

Thed Björk, Polestar Cyan Racing’s race and development driver, explained to The Corner: “While used in very different areas the cars share more than just technology. The core philosophy is about performance that can be used to win a championship or enjoy a safe, functional and fun drive all year round.”

Despite the increased performance, Volvo claims, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are only 7.8 litres/100km and 179g/km.

Other features on the cars include 20″ alloy rims, Polestar-calibrated electro-assisted power steering and 371min diameter front brake discs..

Only 32 Volvo S60 Polestar models will make their way to South African in the third quarter of 2016. Prices will be similar, Volvo SA says, to the previous model.

2016 Volvo Polestar

SPORTS-CAR PERFORMANCE, EVERY DAY: The 2016 Volvo S60 Polestar sedan shows high-performance doesn’t mean you can’t also commute… Image: Volvo SA/Quickpic

 

 

 

 

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