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2017 Volvo S60 & V60 Polestar announced for Australia, 270kW 4CYL

Volvo’s new 2017 update for the S60 and V60 Polestar performance vehicles have been priced, with a gruntier and more economical four-cylinder replacing the previous inline six version, which was $10,000 dearer.

The S60 Polestar is priced from $89,990 according to the company’s local website, while those in need of a wagon will find the $92,990 V60 Polestar can transport them and their cargo very quickly. The pair utilise a 2.0-litre supercharged and turbocharged inline-four that generates 270kW and 470Nm, which is then channelled through an eight-speed auto and Haldex all-wheel drive system.

This helps the new model scoot from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds (sedan) or 4.8 (wagon), which is 0.2 seconds faster than its six-cylinder predecessor. While that car slurped 10.2L/100km, the new Polestar’s economy figures are significantly improved at 7.8L/100km for the S60 and 8.1L/100km for the V60. Top speed is 250km/h.

Both come standard with 20-inch alloys, a full suite of driver assistance packages and airbags – which you would expect from a Volvo – plus luxury items such as sat-nav, parking sensors front and rear, electric leather seats, and keyless start.

These cars face off against the BMW 340i, Audi S4 and Mercedes-AMG C 43, which are all costlier than the Volvo. This follows the introduction of Polestar performance kits for lower models introduced last year.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.