Here’s some good news for those among you looking to purchase their next set of hot wheels. No, not the toy car, but the real deal — a performance saloon. The date is April 14, that’s when Swedish automaker Volvo will bring in their performance arm ‘Polestar’ in India. It is the department which develops Volvo’s racing car, namely the Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 that participates in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). Marking their presence for the first time in the country, will be the Volvo Polestar S60.
The go-faster S60 looks sedate, belying the performance it is capable of. The Polestar version has some extra aerodynamic elements on the outside that give away its true nature. These include the sporty front splitter, rear spoiler and diffuser. Those with an eye for detail will also be able to spot the custom Polestar 20-inch alloy wheels shod with 245/35 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.
When compared to the standard S60, the Polestar variant gets larger air intake, bigger capacity fuel pump, new conrods, new camshafts, and even bigger turbos. The result? Power is up by more than 50 bhp and torque by 70 Nm over the T6 engine-equipped stock model. The engine however, is the same inline-four, 2.0-litre twin-charged (that is both super and turbo charged) unit that now outputs 362 bhp and 470 Nm. All that power is sent to all four corners, and with the help of an eight-speed autobox equipped with paddle shifters.
These are the numbers: 0-100 kph comes in 4.7 s (that’s 1.2 s quicker than the standard S60), 0-200 kph is reached in 17.2 s, and the top speed is limited to 250 kph. This Polestar is not just about straight line speed, it can also take turns equally well. Helping this S60 to achieve that are adjustable Ohlins shock absorbers, stiffer top mount at the front and rear, 80% stiffer springs, optimised weight distribution and a Polestar-optimised steering.
We expect the S60 Polestar to come at Rs 60 lakh (ex-showroom). At that price it is a huge bargain, offering scintillating performance that is almost on par with its German counterparts for nearly half the price. Things are going to get much hotter in the sports sedan segment soon.