Volvo Unveil the 2015 V60 and S60 Polestar
|   Thursday, May 29, 2014
Volvo's 2015 V60 and S60 Polestar models have stirred up quite a storm across various global markets, due to their advanced features. This sedan – wagon duo is based on Volvo's new performance lineup and is hence, a notch above your standard variants. For those of your outside of Sweden, Polestar may not strike as much, but this company has been tuning Volvos since 1996, for commissioned races and other motor sports activities.

Polestar initially started as a self sponsored firm, but, their intentions and talents did not go unnoticed.
Volvo quickly offered Polestar a complete partnership, much like what Mercedes Benz did with AMG. The first Polestar prepped Volvo, was their C30 hatch back, which was available at dealerships and managed to be quite popular with masses. Polestar next tuned the S60 sedan, which managed to be even more popular.

The United States will be receiving close to 120 units of this Limited Edition S60 and V60 Polestar, as performance models are a huge hit, in this part of the world. Polestar tuned the base models, capable of displacing 325 BHP at 5,600 RPM, along with 354 ft lb of torque, within 2,100 to 4,200 RPM. Polestar has upgraded the stock ECU on both these models, added intercoolers and twin scroll turbo.

These work in unison, to displace 350 BHP at 5,250 RPM, along with 369 ft lb of torque, at 3,000 RPM. Even though it may not seem like a huge jump in power, on paper, engineers are highly confident of best results on road. Stock springs have been updated with aftermarket shocks hat are 80% stiffer. This enhances handling by a huge margin, preventing body roll, even during high speed cornering.

Advanced Öhlins Flow Valve technology is in use, along with a tiered valve system, which swallows large impacts quite well too. This prevents suspension wear, by smoothening out stiff springs, reducing the risks of damage, caused due to the impact between body and ground. Standard 20 inch rims are in place, providing a mean and aggressive stance, while these dampers have 10 different manual settings for greater adjustability.

Polestar however suggests that you leave their stock settings in place, if you are not aware of customizations. Better brakes are in place too, enhancing safety while inducing confidence. Six piston Brembo calipers, along with larger discs are in place. An advanced traction control system, along with Haldex four-wheel drive train is in place. All engine options are mated to six speed automatic transmission systems, with paddle shifters. Different drive modes control performance and body movements, while launch control enables better grip, balancing out torque delivery.

A few aerodynamic additions have been made to the Polestar variant, such as a rear diffuser and spoiler. The front splitters feature an all new design element too, while, materialistic changes have been brought in too. Driving both vehicles on road and track is quite different from driving standard variants of the S60 and V60. Detailed drive test reviews are coming soon. Stay tuned!
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