The Volvo S60 and V60 have been around for quite some time and it won’t be for at least another year or so until the sedan will be renewed, with the wagon likely to follow shortly. The new CMA platform tailored to smaller cars heralded by the upcoming XC40 compact crossover is a bigger priority right now for the Geely-owned company. Meanwhile, the Swedes are proving the two models in their sporty Polestar trim still have plenty of life in them as now the performance car duo is getting a significant upgrade for the 2018MY.
It’s an aerodynamic exterior kit made entirely out of carbon fiber encompassing the following body parts: front splitter, side sills, and a rear spoiler mounted on the trunk lid or onto the roof in the case of the more practical V60. The package not only improves aesthetics, but it also enhances aerodynamic efficiency with a boost in downforce of 30% for both body styles. Consequently, Volvo says handling and performance are better now.
These new goodies for the 2018MY were developed and tested over the course of 2016 when Polestar Cyan Racing was temporarily based at the Nürburgring to take down the record for the fastest four-door street-legal car, which it did, but the record no longer stands. Besides the aero pack, both the updated hot S60 and V60 now come with carbon fiber side mirror caps, a new look for the glossy black Polestar wheels, as well as a fresh body hue called “Bursting Blue Metallic.”
Photos of the interior cabins have not been provided, but Volvo says the Polestar-tweaked S60 and V60 have received blue contrast stitching on the new seat upholstery along with bespoke embroidering to further set the two apart from the regular variants. In total, the performance-oriented models have gone through more than 250 upgrades compared to the standard versions.
The Polestar twins are going to solider on with the four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged engine delivering 362 horsepower (270 kilowatts) and 347 pound-feet (470 Newton-meters) of torque. The sedan runs to 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.7 seconds whereas the slightly heavier V60 Polestar needs an extra tenth of a second. Both will top out at an electronically capped 155 mph (250 kph).
Volvo says it will only make 1,500 individually numbered cars.
Gallery: 2018 Volvo S60, V60 Polestar with carbon fiber aero pack
THE UPDATED VOLVO S60 AND V60 POLESTAR WITH CARBON FIBRE AERODYNAMIC ENHANCEMENTS, INCREASING DOWNFORCE BY 30%
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% for improved performance and handling. A limited number of 1,500 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 per cent. The new components increase grip and high-speed stability, providing a car 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 for example.
Many of these components were developed and tested during Polestar Cyan Racing’s recently-revealed secret Nürburgring 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 ‘standard’ Volvo model to create a car with all the usability 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 371 millimetre discs.
The S60 and V60 Polestar retains the award-winning 367-hp Drive-E engine, one of the most powerful four-cylinder production engines in the world, with fuel consumption and emissions at a class-leading level of 7,8 l/100 km and 179 CO2g/km.
“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.”
Volvo S60 Polestar
0-100 km/h 4.7 sec
0-200 km/h 17.2 sec
0-60 mph 4.4 sec
0-120 mph 15.6 sec
Top speed 250 km/h*/155 mph*
Volvo V60 Polestar
0-100 km/h 4.8 sec
0-200 km/h 17.4 sec
0-60 mph 4.5 sec
0-120 mph 15.8 sec
Top speed 250 km/h*/155 mph*
* = Electronically limited
Adjustable Polestar Öhlins shock absorbers
Front strut brace with carbon fibre enforcement
Stiffer top mount front and rear
Stiffer tie blade bushing
Polestar optimised steering
80% stiffer springs compared to S/V60 T6 R-Design
Front: 60 N/mm
Rear: 67 N/mm (S60)
72 N/mm (V60)
Tyres and rims
Michelin Pilot Super Sport 245/35 ZR20 (95Y) XL with cavity damping
Black Polestar bespoke rims, 20×8”
4-cylinder inline engine with turbo and supercharger
270 kW (367 hp DIN / 362 hp SAE) @ 6000 rpm
470 Nm (347 lb-ft) @ 3100-5100 rpm
Max 7000 rpm
Max boost 2.0 bar
Polestar 3.0” stainless full-flow active exhaust system with twin 3.5” tail pipes
Higher capacity turbo
Higher capacity fuel pump
Higher capacity air filter
Higher capacity air intake
BorgWarner four-wheel drive
Polestar calibration for more rear torque dynamic distribution
Polestar calibrated stability control system
8-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox with paddle shifters
Optimised shift precision
Front: Polestar/Brembo 6 piston brake calipers
371×32 mm ventilated and floating Brembo discs
Rear: 302×22 mm ventilated discs
New brake pads for model year 2018
1753 kg / 3865 lb (S60)
1800 kg / 3968 lb (V60)
Polestar carbon fibre front splitter
Polestar carbon fibre side sills
Polestar carbon fibre spoiler extension (S60)
Polestar front splitter corners
Polestar rear spoiler
Interior and exterior
Sport seats with charcoal, nubuk, blue thread and Polestar imprint
Steering wheel with blue thread and leather/nubuk
Carbon fibre centre stack
Nubuk inlay in doors
Nubuk centre armrest
Polestar gearshift knob
Polestar carpets with blue thread
Polestar sport pedals and footrest
Polestar door sills with numbering
Bursting Blue Premium Metallic
Cyan Racing Blue
Onyx Black Metallic
Bright Silver Metallic
Ice White Solid
Sunroof and colour only options, all others included in base specification
Fuel consumption (combined)
7,8 l/100 km (S60)
8,1 l/100 km (V60)
179 g/km (S60)
186 g/km (V60)