Volvo S60 Polestar Performance Concept car revealed

June 17, 2012

Volvo and Polestar have revealed the Volvo S60 Polestar Performance Concept car. The one-off special could spawn a future production model, giving the Swedish carmaker a worthy rival to the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG.

It was previously speculated that this special model could feature a V8 engine, preparing the S60 for the likes of the M3 and C 63 AMG. Instead, Polestar has heavily tuned the Ford-sourced S60 T6 R-Design 3.0-litre engine.

The engine consists of a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six, which, in standard T6 form, produces 224kW. In the concept, power has been boosted to 374kW (508PS) and 575Nm. This makes it a lot more powerful than the German could-be rivals.

Backing the boosted engine is a six-speed manual ‘M66C’ transmission, feeding power into a sophisticated Haldex Gen4 XWD all-wheel drive system and Haldex E-LSD rear differential.

To ensure handling and braking is up to the same level, a Brembo 380mm front disc and 302mm rear disc brake package has been added, with six-piston front calipers. Suspension comes from an Ohlins kit, lowering the S60 by 30mm, with X-braces front and rear to increase rigidity. Front and rear track is also increase by 20m, and 40mm, respectively.

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As for speed, 0-100km/h can be taken care of in just 3.9 seconds while top speed is over 300km/h. This is seriously quick for mid-sized sedan. Performance improvements have been thanks to new conrods, new intake and exhaust manifolds, a revised head and porting, and a Garret 3171 turbocharger.

On the outside, the Volvo S60 Polester concept features a subtle bodykit, with lip front and rear spoilers, widen front and rear guards by 20mm, and all painted in Polestar’s trademark racing blue shade. The concept also features a set of Polestar 19 x 9.5-inch alloy wheels wearing 265/30 tyres.

It’s understood the ballistic creation is a one-off model, built as a custom order for one of Volvo/Polestar’s clients. The model could eventually inspire a small-production showroom edition in the future, however, nothing is official at this stage.

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.