Volvo expands Polestar program to C30, V60 and XC60 in Australia

Brett Davis

Volvo Australia has announced that its tuning and upgrade division, Polestar, will now be providing performance options for the C30 T5, the S60 and V60, and the XC60 T6 and D5 SUV.

Polestar is a renowned Volvo tuner based in Sweden. It is usually associated with tuning kits ranging from mild engine computer tuning with increased engine horsepower, to all-out engine conversions.

In Australia, the brand has provided a factory limited-run option for the S60 T6 R-Design sedan, bringing mild styling enhancements and engine tuning, bumping power from 224kW to 242kW.

The discreet enhancements, including an ECU retune and subtle badges, will now be available on the Volvo C30 T5 R-Design, Volvo XC60 T6 and D5 R-Design, and the current Volvo S60 T6 and V60 T6 R-Design.

In the C30 T5, power is increased from 169kW and 320Nm, to a hard-hitting 184kW and 370Nm. When fitted with the six-speed manual transmission, acceleration from 0-100km/h can be taken care of in just 6.3 seconds (down from 6.7 seconds). Auto models do the sprint in 6.8 seconds (down from 7.1 seconds).

As for the Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design Polestar, engine power is increased the same as the S60 sedan and V60 wagon (224kW up to 242kW), while the D5 R-Design diesel variant gets a boost from 158kW and 440Nm, to 169kW and 470Nm. Acceleration from 0-100km/h has been reduced by 0.2 seconds, to 8.1 seconds.

Matt Braid, managing director of Volvo Cars Australia, recently spoke about the enhancement program, saying,

“The original, limited-run of S60 Polestar vehicles was a direct result of the positive reaction the concept car generated at the Australian International Motor Show in mid-2011. So it was only natural that when the opportunity arose to further develop our Polestar association, we leapt at the chance.

“By adding Polestar’s performance software to select R-Design models, we are able to optimise our performance models further and give the discerning buyer a true stealth weapon option.”

The special models are now available through your local Volvo dealer, and come with the factory Volvo three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.

Full pricing for all Polestar option packages are as follows (excluding on-road costs):

Volvo C30 T5 R-Design – $43,490 (man) / $44,990 (auto)
Volvo S60 T6 R-Design – $75,490 (auto)
Volvo V60 T6 R-Design – $78,490 (auto)
Volvo XC60 D5 R-Design – $72,490 (auto)
Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design – $78,490 (auto)

PerformanceDrive will be providing a full review of the Volvo S60 T6 Polestar in the coming weeks.

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