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Volvo S60 Polestar

What is it? Volvo too stodgy for you? Is 300-hp in the T6 still not enough? How about stepping up to this 508-hp Polestar edition? Volvo speedshop Polestar has overhauled the S60 to within an inch of its life. Polestar CEO Christian Dahl says, “We approached this project by looking at the production Volvo S60 as a platform for a potential race car,” and adds that the upgrades result in “a more intense driving experience.” Yeah, one would think so. The blinding Rebel Blue paint and white leather seats won’t lower your blood-pressure any, either. 

What is new or notable? The chassis has been lowered, widened, and reinforced, the S60 has added a Haldex all-wheel-drive system (presumably to get all that power to the ground, even on dry pavement), the redline has been raised to 7100, and the turbo boost has been cranked up to 11. No, that’s not psi.

CR’s take: In case we’re not clear, this is hardly your safety-patrol-aunt’s plodding Volvo. 
Polestar racing driver Robert Dahlgren was also apparently asked to weigh in. "It is, by far, the most impressive street Volvo I've ever driven,” he posits in a release. “But I must also say that the genuine Volvo feeling is still there.” When it comes to 508-hp, neon-blue Volvo sedans, we have no idea what he means. We’ll take half that horsepower with a great ride and handling, and bulletproof reliability any day.

When will it be available? Volvo won’t build you a Polestar, but most of these the Polestar hop-up parts will be available through Volvo dealers.

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