The Volvo S60 Polestar Secretly Set A Nurburgring Lap Record Last Year


Those modest Swedes just never told anyone.

It may have taken a year to make the official announcement, but better late than never. As it turns out, Volvo’s racing partner, Cyan Racing, formerly Polestar Racing, took the Volvo S60 Polestar out for a spin on the Nurburgring last year. But it wasn’t just an informal lap for fun. Quite the opposite. As it turns out, the S60 Polestar set a new Nurburgring lap record for a four-door sedan. Yes, that means the Volvo S60 Polestaris faster around the Nurburgring Nordschleife than the likes of the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63.

Why didn’t Volvo make this announcement a year ago? Because at the time it was simply testing the sedan, which ultimately set a lap time of 7:51.110. Consider it a happy accident (and some Swedish modesty). However, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has since set a new record Green Hell lap time of 7:32.

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But the Volvo S60 Polestar’s accomplishment is still very noteworthy, especially considering it’s powered by a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 362 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque, whereas the Alfa has a Ferrari-derived twin-turbo V6 with 505 hp under its hood.