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2017 Volvo S60 Polestar gets 2L twin-charged 4cyl, quickest Volvo ever

Volvo has revealed initial details and specs of the 2017 Volvo S60 Polestar and V60 Polestar. These become the quickest production cars the company has ever made.

2017 Volvo S60-V60 Polestar

The biggest news comes from what sits beneath the bonnet. Gone is the 3.0-litre turbo inline six-cylinder from the previous Polestar models, and in is a new twin-charged four-cylinder. It might be downsized but power is up from 257kW to 270Nm. Torque drops from 500Nm to 470Nm.

Polestar has used the current 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine as a base, and added a bigger turbo, a supercharger, new conrods and camshafts, and a bigger air intake system and fuel pump.

This is all connected up to a BorgWarner four-wheel drive system, after going through a Polestar-tuned eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. As a result of the new powertrain advances, the 0-100km/h time is now down to a claimed 4.7 seconds.

If that’s not impressive enough, the 2017 S60 and V60 Polestar offer an official average fuel consumption rate of just 7.8L/100km. This is incredible for the level of performance. Part of this is thanks to a diet which has shaved 20kg from the total weight, while shifting 24kg from the front axle, sending it towards the rear for better driving balance.

2017 Volvo S60 Polestar-rear

Other highlights for the new models include 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels, Polestar-tuned electronic steering, and an upgraded brake package with 371mm front disc brakes. Kevin McCann, managing director of Volvo Car Australia, said:

“All changes made to the car are about improving drivability and efficiency. The base of the new engine carries motorsport technology with solutions like the combination of turbo and supercharger, lightweight materials and more. This works hand-in-hand with our core philosophy and has enabled us to evolve the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar.”

These new models will go on sale in Australia towards the end of this year. Prices are yet to be mentioned.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • Snoopi

    Why is Polestar calibrating the new fully electric power steering (introduced in 2015) mated to the Drive-E 4 cyl. engine??? The reason is because the non-calibrated power steering is loose and imprecise during 70+ mph cornering, such as on curvy highways. This concerning issue can only be demonstrated in a Volvo S60 T6 Platinum trim with sport chassis and an adjustable electric steering force. No matter at what steering force setting, the electric power steering is unable to coordinate the driver’s steering input with the 300+ hp supercharge/turbocharge engine. This unsafe sensation of driving contradicts Volvo’s reputation for safety. Therefore, Polestar re-tuned the power steering to better handle the increased 367 hp Drive-E engine during “hard cornering.” I just wish Volvo, who now own Polestar, will bring the newly calibrated electric power steering program as a software update for the current 2015+ S60 T6 Platinum trim cars. I hope nobody get into a car accident before then.

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