But where there's a will for Swedish performance, there's a way.
Want to get your hands on the Polestar Engineered version of the new Volvo S60? Good luck: it'll only be offered in America by subscription through the Care by Volvo program, and there'll only be 20 of them offered in the first year. But there's good news for those keen on buying one.
For starters, as Autoblog reports, the Swedish automaker plans to bring more of them to the United States in subsequent model years. Those may be offered only through the subscription service as well, but they ought to be available in (relatively) larger numbers.
Perhaps the better news, though, will be felt on the second-hand market. Volvo says that after subscribers are done with the S60 Polestar Engineered performance sedans, dealers will sell them as used. So in another few years, you may be able to get one heck of a deal on a pretty sweet ride – and buy it outright.
Based on the T8 Twin-Engine plug-in hybrid, the Polestar Engineered versions of the S60 sedan, V60 wagon, and XC60 crossover boast a series of upgrades – not least of which will be brought to bear under the hood.
Where the “standard” T8 packs 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque, the Polestar versions upgrade with 15 more horses and 22 more lb-ft of torque for a total of 415 hp and 494 lb-ft. They'll also get stiffer springs and adjustable shock, a strut brace for added rigidity, and Brembo brakes for added stopping power.
The S60 will be the first to get the new Polestar Engineered treatment, with the V60 and XC60 to follow next year. Here's hoping those additional models will be more readily available, too – whether by subscription, to buy new, or to buy used.