2016 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar launched

Replacing the old 3.0 litre six-cylinder engine with a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder unit makes a lot of sense for the updated Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar.

For starters, it means that weight over the front axle has been reduced by 24 kg (52 lbs), which should improve handling balance. Then there's an increase in power from 345 bhp (257 kW / 350 PS) to 362 bhp (270 kW / 367 PS).

Volvo S60 Polestar (2016) Front Side

That output is sent to a rear-biased BorgWarner four-wheel drive system via a new Geartronic eight-speed automatic transmission. Consequently, the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint takes just 4.7 seconds (4.8 seconds for the V60), while top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).

An obvious trade-off is somewhat mediocre efficiency. The S60 Polestar, for example, officially achieves 36.2 mpg (7.8 l/100km) on the combined cycle and pumps out 179 g/km of carbon dioxide.

Included on the specification list are adjustable Öhlins dampers, stiffer springs, a front strut brace, recalibrated steering, upgraded Brembo brakes and launch control. Also fitted are huge 20” wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.

With the arrival of the revised models, Volvo is doubling combined production of the S60 and V60 Polestar to 1,500 units per annum. They're still destined to be a rare sight though, because that greater volume is going to be allocated across forty-seven markets, not thirteen as before.

Customers who are able to secure one of the cars will have a choice of four paint finishes, but Rebel Blue is really the only colour to have.

Volvo V60 Polestar (2016) Rear SideVolvo S60 Polestar (2016) Side

Volvo S60 Polestar (2016) FrontVolvo V60 Polestar (2016) Interior

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