BMW is known for their M cars, Mercedes has a slew of AMG-powered vehicles, Audi has their RS range that grows bigger and faster by the month, and now we have Volvo with their Polestar models that wants to take a slice (or even a chunk) of the luxury sports car sector.
The Volvo Polestar Division Focuses on Targeting the Luxury Sports Car Market
What the Polestar Division of Volvo focuses on is predominantly on track cars. However, the car manufacturer has been officially working on its magic albeit on a small number since the year 2014. In 2015, there are only 750 models and that is counting for the entire year. These vehicles are all street legal models as well.
Volvo’s latest models are that of the V60 and S60 Polestar. The company is hoping to double their production for this particular division and to take their performance levels to be brought into a global audience.
Niels Möller, Chief Operating Officer of Volvo, stated that “these cars are properly quick.” He said recently when talking about the Polestar being the beefed up estate car and sedan. “But they are more than that. They combine Polestar’s 20-year racing pedigree with Volvo’s inherent pragmatism and engineering heritage. These are very quick cars that you can use every day of the year,” he continued.
But how “fast” is fast? It is claimed that these vehicles can go from 0 to 100-kilometers-per-hour in a time of 4.7-seconds, and this is regardless of body style. These are the quickest road legal cars that will sport the automaker’s badge throughout the firm’s history.
Both the S60 and V60 Polestar are electronically limited to a 250-kilometer-per-hour top speed, and all of their performance is down to reworking the company’s existing four-cylinder engines. This is as opposed to simply removing the old engines and taking a bigger motor to try and squeeze it under the hood.
The standard 2-liter engine has been revamped and given a larger turbocharger. However, it should be noted that it does still keep its existing supercharger. It also has features such a new camshaft, improved air intake, an exhaust system, and upgraded conrods. These improvements mean that the engine can deliver 362-horsepower on tap. This power will then flow through the mated eight-speed automatic transmission delivered to all four wheels.
Aside from the engine from Volvo, the fuel consumption is just as impressive. Both Polestar models are capable of returning 7.8l/100-kilometer on the combined cycle, and CO2 emissions of 179-gram-per-kilometer.