Volvo's four-cylinder get its sportiest iteration yet.
Volvo has revealed the 2016 V60 and S60 Polestar. These new models ditch the turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six in favor of the 2.0-liter twin-charged tuned by Polestar. Total output is 362 hp which is 17 more than the outgoing cars. Polestar has included a bigger turbo, new camshafts, a larger air intake and a higher-capacity fuel pump to facilitate the power increase. This is the same basic engine that you would find in the FIA World Touring Car Championship race car, the Volvo S60 Polestar TC1.
Power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. 0-62 mph takes 4.8 seconds which is one tenth quicker than the only real competitor, the Audi S4 Avant. Like other Volvo models with this powertrain, the Polestar will also be extremely efficient. Volvo estimates 34.9 mpg. Not bad for a 362 horsepower car. Polestar has also included bigger brakes and a tweaked steering system. By reducing the weight over the front axel, the new V60 and S60 should handle far better than their predecessors. While production will be limited, units are expected to increase from the previous model's 750 unit run to around 1,500 units. Expect prices to be around the $60,000 mark.