What’s a Volvo V60 Polestar then?

Volvo’s Polestar racing division aims to take on the the Audi S4 and Mercedes-AMG C43 with its latest take on the V60 estate, creating the most powerful and quickest Volvo ever.

What do I need to know?

The new V60 Polestar ditches the old car’s charismatic but antiquated 3.0-litre straight-six engine for a ‘twin-charged’ (super- and turbocharged) 2.0-litre ‘four’.

The engine gains a bigger turbo, new conrods and crankshaft, larger air intake and higher-capacity fuel pump over its usual spec in other T6-badged Volvos, resulting in a not-inconsiderable 367bhp and 347lb/ft of torque. That’s 17bhp more than the old ‘six’ produced and makes it the second-most powerful four-cylinder car on sale, after the Mercedes-AMG A45.

The motor is matched to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with Polestar-specific software and a BorgWarner four-wheel-drive system.

Volvo claims a 0-62mph time of 4.8secs, firmly in S4/C43 territory. Top speed is limited to 155mph. Fuel consumption stands at 34.9mpg with CO2 emissions of 186g/km.

The chassis and running gear is largely unchanged over the old car, apart from new 20in wheels and improved front brakes. The handling should be sharper, though, as the new engine means there’s 24kg less weight over the front axle. Overall, the car is 20kg lighter than before.

The exterior and interior are unchanged, but that’s no bad thing. The bodykit is subtle but muscular and the deep bucket seats should be as fantastically comfortable as they were in the old car.

Anything else?

Around 1500 examples of the V60 and not-available-in-the-UK S60 Polestar will be built. There’s no set UK allocation; 120 buyers stumped up for the old car.

When can I buy one?

Soon.

How much will it cost me?

Unconfirmed, but should come in under £50,000.

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By Only Motors