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Volvo S60 Polestar Scott McLaughlin edition announced for NZ

June 27, 2015

Volvo New Zealand has put together a special edition version of the S60 and V60 Polestar performance cars, paying tribute to Scott McLaughlin and his efforts in the V8 Supercars series.

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The McLaughlin edition celebrates four victories and ten podium finishes Scott and the team achieved last season. Unique features include black-painted 20-inch alloy wheels, colour-coded side skirts, and a number of black badges and signature logos.

Inside, Volvo has left the S60 and V60 specials in pretty much regular trim. There are some embroidered headrests with McLaughlin’s signature, along with sports seats and various Polestar trimmings as per usual. Hans Bååth, managing director of Polestar Performance, said,

“Scott is a vastly talented racing driver with a bright future ahead of him. His input in the development of the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar has been vital and we are glad to be able to offer performance oriented customers in New Zealand our models.”

Like the regular S60 and V60 Polestar, the chassis and suspension has been tweaked by Polestar. It gets sports springs that are 80 per cent stiffer than the S60 R-Design units, as well as adjustable Ohlins dampers, chassis braces, and high-performance multi-piston brakes.

Unfortunately for those looking for more power under the bonnet, the special edition retains the regular 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine producing 257kW and 500Nm. Fortunately, the setup is already capable of propelling the sleek Swede from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds.

Just 10 examples of the edition will be made, all for the New Zealand market. As a bonus, buyers get an exclusive track experience with tuition from McLaughlin.

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.