Volvo released the first details of their S60 Polestar Performance Concept just on a month ago, now however, the Swedish manufacturer is reportedly “in serious discussion” with tuning partner Polestar to create a production version of the same concept.
Built to show off the brands’ capabilities, the Performance Concept is owned by a private customer who is understood to have paid around US$300 000 for the privilege. When it was announced, the Vovlo S60 Polestar concept boasted power and performance to shame the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, but came with no promise of production. Recently though, in an interview with Autocar, Volvo UK managing director Nick Connor says talks are ongoing between the safety-renowned Swedish brand and its tuning compatriot to try to make the S60 Polestar a reality.
If it does make it to production, Connor says the S60 Polestar will retain the concept’s 378 kW and 575 Nm, 3.0-litre, turbocharged in-line 6-cylinder engine, which rockets the sedan from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 300 km/h. Power is sent to all four wheels via a reinforced close ratio manual 6-speed gear box and Haldex Gen4 XWD (cross-wheel-drive) system.
To handle the massive jump in power, the S60 Polestar Performance concept is fitted with: 30 mm lower suspension; Öhlins three-way adjustable shock absorbers; reinforced front and rear anti-roll bars; a track increase of 20 mm in front and 40 mm at the rear; Polestar-tuned steering; stabilising cross-members front and rear; modified suspension bushings and control-arms with uniballs front and rear; as well as reinforced engine mounts. The V60 Polestar also rides on 19-inch wheels fitted with 265/30 R19 profile tyres.
A strong and positive response to the concept from potential buyers has got Volvo and Polestar considering a limited production run for the pumped up S60. If it given the go ahead, the cars a likely to be expensive, with suggestions of around three times the price of a standard BMW M3. Then again, a 3.9 second all-wheel drive family sedan is not M3-beating performance, it’s Porsche Panamera Turbo performance.