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Volvo S60 Performance Project Unveiled

Tthe Volvo S60 Performance Project will be developed in Australia and be a joint endeavor between Volvo, Polestar, and now Heico. The goal of the project will be to produce one fully-loaded S60.

As reported the other day on CarBuzz, the Volvo S60 Performance Project will be developed as an Australia initiative and will be a joint endeavor between Volvo, Polestar, and now Heico. The goal of the project will be to produce one fully-loaded S60 sport sedan. Performance is expected to increase on the S60 Performance thanks to a T6 R-Design including a sports exhaust and 19-inch Heico wheels with Pirelli tires. 325hp will come out of the turbocharged 3.0-liter engine and will feature a revamped ECU.

The Swedish automaker is expecting 354 lb-ft of torque. The car has also been lowered by 15mm and features a sport suspension with monotube damping at the rear, 15 percent stiffer springs and bushings that are 20 percent stiffer compared to the dynamic chassis in the standard S60. "Volvo is not traditionally recognized for performance in Australia but that is changing,'' says Volvo Car Australia Managing Director Matt Braid. "The S60 T6 already boasts excellent performance credentials and the S60 Performance Project takes that even further.

With the extra power, torque and unique wheels and exhaust system the S60 Performance Project really is a very special edition S60." The interior now includes sport seats with firmer side bolstering, a leather three-spoke steering wheel, and dials with blue surrounds and aluminum ridged pedals. According to the official press release, "Polestar was founded in 1996 in collaboration with Volvo in order to drive forward...the company's racing investment." Volvo and Heico have also worked together since 1989 beginning with the first Hedtke Volvo dealership in Weiterstadt, Germany.

For now, Volvo Car Australia will be evaluating the S60 Performance Package. If customer demand and interest is high, further consideration will be made on whether to produce it, although in limited numbers. We have no doubt that Volvo's new Chinese owners will be watching this project carefully, as they would very much like to enhance the brand's global profile.

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