Polestar improves Volvo S60, V60 performance

Carbon-fibre aerodynamic body components increase downforce by 30%

Published: August 28, 2017, 9:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:08 PM

2018 Polestar S60 and V60

Polestar, Volvo’s performance division, has unveiled its 2018 S60 and V60 models, adding carbon-fibre aerodynamic components to increase downforce by 30%, though it’s limiting production to just 1,500 vehicles.

The new aerodynamic package was jointly developed by Polestar and Cyan Racing, Polestar’s factory team in the World Touring Car Championship, and includes a front splitter, lower body sides and a rear spoiler extender. The three components help enhance grip and high-speed stability.

The announcement comes on the heels of a record run around the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit, where a Polestar S60 claimed the record lap for a 4-door street-legal car. That car was fitted with the new aerodynamic package, and was part of the components’ development.

Also part of the new limited run are high-gloss black Polestar diamond cut wheels, carbon fibre door mirror casings, and a new Bursting Blue Metallic exterior colour. The cabin gets new seat upholstery with blue contrast stitching and an embroidering Polestar badge.

The Polestar models get more than 250 revised components from the standard S60 and V60, including adjustable Öhlins shock absorbers and larger disc brakes with 6-piston Brembo callipers.

“The Model Year 18 S60 and V60 Polestar models are the pinnacle of our road car programmes that we have been developing successfully since our first road car was launched in 2013,” said Jörgen Ronstad, Vice President, Product Strategy & Management at Polestar. “The aerodynamic enhancements, combined with other small but important changes, further enhances our base philosophy of a performance car for all roads and conditions, transferring technology and learnings from track to road.”

The S60 and V60 Polestar retain the award-winning 367-hp 2.0-litre supercharged and turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, enabling a 0-100 km time of 4.7 seconds (4.8 for the wagon), a top speed limited to 250 km/h, and combined fuel economy of 7.8 L/100 km (8.1 for the wagon).