We think of Volvo as rather staid and boring. But it actually has a long and storied history in motorsport, with many wins in rallying and touring cars to its credit. Its sold plenty of fast road cars as well, like the Eighties 240 Turbo and Nineties 850 R. But, unlike Audi, BMW and Mercedes, Volvo hasn’t had a proper performance brand. Until now.
As Mercedes AMG did, Polestar started tuning and racing Volvos independently, but has now been brought under the Swedish firm’s wing. This tuned-up, hunkered-down V60 is the first production car to wear the Polestar logo.
The Volvo V60 Polestar feels both pleasingly old-school and bang up-to-date. The interior is feeling its age, though it remains a very pleasant place to spend time, helped by fantastic seats. And the straight-six turbo engine produces a lovely retro snarl.
But there’s nothing old about the way the engine fires the thing down the road, completely lag-free. And the chassis is set up to get from point to point as fast as possible, something it does with alacrity. It’s more informative than you might expect as well, and quite good fun with it.
The V60 Polestar is quite expensive though, over £8,000 more than its closest rival, the Audi S4 Avant. But if you spec the Audi up to the same generous level, the gap closes considerably. And you can’t have the Audi in this shade of blue. Which is gorgeous.
It’s a very likeable thing, the V60 Polestar.
Volvo V60 Polestar
Engine: 3.0-litre straight-6 turbo petrol
Transmission: 6-speed automatic; four-wheel-drive
Power/Torque: 345bhp; 369lb/ft
Economy/Emissions: 27.7mpg; 237g/km
0-62mph: 5.0 seconds
Top speed: 155mph (limited)
By Only Motors