Polestar, the performance brand of Volvo Cars, has unveiled the model-year 2018 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar, complete with additional aerodynamic components made from lightweight carbon fibre material that increase downforce by 30 percent for improved performance and handling. A limited number of 1500 vehicles will be produced, with all cars receiving a unique number on the tread plate.
The new aerodynamic exterior package has been developed jointly by the engineers of Polestar and Cyan Racing, the motorsport partner of Polestar, with data and learnings derived from the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) programme where the team is involved in the title fight.
The aerodynamic enhancements include a new front splitter, side sills and a rear spoiler extension, all made in lightweight carbon fibre, increasing the downforce by 30 percent. The new components increase grip and high-speed stability, providing the S60/V60 with the duality of being at ease in everyday driving as well as providing the driver with further control and feedback on an inspiring stretch of road or during an evasive manoeuvre.
Many of these components were developed and tested during Polestar Cyan Racing’s recently revealed secret Nurburgring test where a Polestar S60 claimed the record for the fastest four-door road- legal car around the infamous Nordschleife circuit.
Other visual changes include high-gloss black Polestar diamond-cut wheels, carbon fibre door mirror casings and a new colour, Bursting Blue Metallic. The interior has been updated with a new seat upholstery, blue contrast stitching and Polestar embroidering.
More than 250 components have been changed compared to the regular Volvo model to create a car with all the useability and practicality of the Volvo S60 and V60, but also delivering all-year-round sports car performance. Key component changes include the adjustable Öhlins shock absorber system and six-piston Brembo brake callipers with 371mm discs.
The S60 and V60 Polestar retains the award-winning 367bhp Drive-E engine, one of the most powerful 4-cylinder production engines in the world.