When its performance, the first thing that would ring a bell in your mind especially in reference to premium cars in India is that off the Mercedes’s AMG, BMW’s M Series and Audi’s RS Series. Though this one is very Swedish and holds its own in a four way battle that comprises of three Germans. Volvo who has tasted recent success with models like XC90 and S90 now has taken a shot at the premium performance segment with the launch of S60 Polestar. Priced at INR 52.5 lakhs, is Volvo S60 Polestar worthy of its performance tag let us find out?
Volvo S60 Polestar: Exterior
The Volvo S60 moniker does justice to Swedish design with its great looking exteriors which we have already seen in the market. However the addition of a Polestar badge pushes up the appeal as this sedan aims to be much more sporty and aggressive than before. For starters the ‘Rebel Blue’ paint scheme given to it just looks menacing and so do the enhancements provided all around.
The details of which are that besides a regular S60, the Volvo S60 Polestar offers a redesigned front splitter, in fact the grille too has an update to it with a Polestar badge being thrown in. It is also for the first time that a manufacturer has fitted in radar technology at such a competitive pricing which is normally found in ultra high end saloons. This radar system offers Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Warning with full auto braking for pedestrians, cyclists, animals and other vehicles, Blind Spot detection with Cross Traffic Alert, City Safety and Park Assist.
Move to the sides and the story is no different as the profile is very similar to that off the normal S60 except the availability of 20 inch alloy wheels along with black painted OVRM’S. While the rear comes incorporated with a spoiler integrated into the boot lid, like upfront the Polestar badge makes its way here too as is the presence of a neatly tucked in diffuser. The existence of twin exhaust pipes which Polestar embossed on them just goes to show the focus on attention to detail on behalf of Volvo.
Volvo S60 Polestar: Interior
When we talk off any Volvo, the interior is one aspect that will have you satisfied the most. With the Volvo S60 Polestar it is no different, in fact the subtle yet noteworthy updates just blend in perfectly with the outside design. The blue theme makes its impact by way of the stitching given to the leather wrapped steering wheel and seats. For more, it is an all-black cabin with subtle use of silver inlays which can be found throughout the cabin.
Rest the layout more or less is the same as before be it the instrument cluster or the infotainment system (Harman Kardon clubbed with 12 speakers) on board. Adding flavor to its character is the availability of carbon fibre inserted into the centre console and sporty pedals (accelerator & brake).
The seats here-in provide a mix of suede and leather reiterating its image, not to forget that their snug fit feel just makes the over experience much more memorable especially if you are driving on a race track. Having said this, the use of suede might not be a great idea keeping Indian conditions in mind since for almost 6 months we have summers followed by winter for remaining part of the year. Talking about safety, the Volvo S60 Polestar come equipped with 8 airbags, Emergency Brake Assist, Whiplash protection for front seats among others.
Volvo S60 Polestar: Engine and performance
‘From track to road’, this is where Polestar stands apart from the standard Volvo as a brand in sheer means of 2 decade old technical know-how of DTM ( Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) Touring Car Racing Series that this performance outfit brings to the table. So we were recently invited to the city of Coimbatore to sample this latest offering from the Swedish automaker at the famous Kari Speedway.
Some exciting time ahead, but before we get to that let us tell you that the power plant breathing under the newly introduced Volvo S60 Polestar is the same as current generation S60. This for reference is a 2.0 litre 4 cylinder petrol engine. That aside everything else gets a strict shakeup for instance a Supercharger which has been thrown in along with a Turbo Charger that helps in producing more power and torque.
Therefore going by sheer numbers, the S60 Polestar produces an amazing 367 bhp and 470 Nm torque. This mind you is 61 horses more than the top of the line T6 All-Wheel Drive variant of the normal S60. The performance figures state that this particular sedan can accelerate from 0 – 100 kmph in just 4.7 seconds as it comes matted to 8-speed automatic gearbox.
With the specifications out of our way, let us get straight to point how is it to drive? On making my way to the driver’s seat, I was cautious to note the sound that the car was making while in idle and might I say that the enthusiast within me knew that there was something special in my hands. Buckled in and we were ready to go, the steering felt very composed as I slotted the gearbox into Sports Mode.
This is what we were at the track to do, so why fool around but to directly get into it. The Volvo S60 Polestar is very eager to respond keeping in mind the amount of throttle input, this Supercharged and Turbo charged petrol engine is definitely going to bring a smile to your face each time that one goes hard on it. Along with that a pleasant exhaust note will surely sound music to the ear especially while going-up or down the 8-speed gearbox. As we were given only 15 minutes with the vehicle there were a few takeaways from this drive.
The 8-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox for that matter provided faster gear changes, the gearing could be further enhanced by simply using peddle shifts that allowed us the derive the maximum out of the 2.0 litre engine. Thus in a straight line speed the S60 Polestar does make a mark for itself. While around corners the presence of Borg Warner four-wheel drive system on-board makes sure that adequate traction is provided to the wheel that need it the most thereby giving the driver full control of the vehicle. Complementing things further, the suspension too has been re-worked upon to as provide the vehicle the agility that it requires.
In fact the shock absorbers can manually be adjusted to suit your needs depending upon the road condition. With all this power and a curb weight of 1756 kgs, the S60 Polestar is fitted with Bremo disc brakes that help in keeping speed under check. The bite in them is decent enough not to have any hair raising incident. Last but not the least to enjoy a blistering performance there is the availability of a Launch Control that will pin you against the seat the moment you put your foot to the floor.
Volvo S60 Polestar: Verdict
We enjoyed our short stint with the Volvo S60 Polestar as it was a fun and an engaging sedan to drive around the race track. But to answer the question has Volvo done the right thing? Well in-comparison to what is on offer the S60 Polestar is a good option for someone who is in search for subtle looks and at the same performance which could have their opponent truck for words. Its mechanical characteristics are such that no matter where you drive it either on the race track or normal city roads this performance sedan will help you enjoy each and every bit not to forget the mouth watering price tag.