Volvo is not known for craziness, but every rule has an exception. The Swedish company normally associated with safety and staid styling recently built a 508 horsepower monster of a sports sedan, the S60 Polestar. The Polestar was supposed to be a one-off, but a company insider is saying it has a chance at production. There could be another Polestar model on the way, too.
Nick Connor, managing director of Volvo UK, told Autocar that Volvo is “in serious discussion with Polestar to try and make the S60 a reality.” Polestar is an aftermarket company that makes performance parts for Volvos.
The original S60 Polestar was commissioned by a customer, and is rumored to have cost over $100,000. Volvo says it has the parts to build 10 more S60s, but the company has not decided whether it will mass produce the blue beasts at a cheaper price.
Why would someone pay over $100,000 for a Volvo S60? The Polestar packs serious performance. Its turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six produces 508 horsepower and 424 pound-feet of torque; that’s more power than the current M3’s V8.
That power flows to all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The Polestar will do 0 to 100 kph (0-62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, and hit a top speed of 180 mph, beating the M3 on both counts.
Even if Volvo decides not to build this amazing machine, the madness won’t stop. The company is reportedly working on another Polestar model, based on the V40 five-door hatchback. Connor told PistonHeads that the V40 Polestar will have at least 10 percent more power than a stock V40 T5, which has 254 hp.
The V40 T5 shares many parts with the sporty Ford Focus ST, but the Polestar treatment could take things even further. Based on what we’ve seen with the S60 and the previous C30 Polestar, all-wheel drive and significantly modified suspension seem likely.
The V40 Polestar is expected to make its first appearance at the Paris Motor Show this fall, wearing a price tag of $46,860. That means more than 10 people will be able to buy it.
With the S60 and V40, Polestar is becoming Volvo’s performance sub brand, its equivalent to BMW’s M or Mercedes-Benz’s AMG. High performance with a Swedish twist would definitely be cool, if Volvo would commit to mass producing these cars. If the production versions are as good as the bright blue prototype S60, the company has nothing to lose.