Volvo V60 And S60 Polestar Models Unveiled In LA: Only 200 Slated For US


These 2017 Polestars are the quickest cars Volvo has ever made.

If you've been living under the proverbial rock, you might know who Polestar is, but you should especially if you hail from LA. It's the tuning arm of Volvo Cars and it squeezes all the best attributes out of some select Volvo models. A whopping 64 percent of Polestar Volvos sold in the US are delivered in LA, so it was a more than fitting idea to unveil a couple of models to the US at this year's LA Auto Show. The latest from Polestar is the 2017 S60 sedan and the super hot V60 wagon, the quickest cars Volvo has ever made.

The Rebel Blue pair both use the newly improved twin-charged 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder Drive-E engine that pushes out a mighty impressive 362 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque. Polestar took an original 2.0-liter Drive-E engine from standard V60 and S60 models and added a bigger turbo, a supercharger, new conrods, new camshafts, a larger air intake and a high capacity fuel pump. This has been mated to a BorgWarner four-wheel drive system and the new Polestar-optimized eight-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox. Even though the sedan and the wagon aren't small cars by any measure, that small capacity engine still manages to get them to 60 mph in a rapid 4.4 seconds, but the all-wheel drive helps of course.

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The cars are also electronically limited to a top speed of 155 mph. Polestar has reduced the car’s weight by 53 pounds over the front axle and 44 pounds in total compared to the previous models. The weight distribution is also responsible for improved handling, which was already very good. Despite the increased performance, fuel consumption and emissions are at an EPA-rated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on highway (23 combined). Other new features on the Polestar cars includes new lightweight 20-inch wheels, Polestar-calibrated electro-assisted power steering and some new slotted brake discs measuring in at 14.6-inches. Sadly only around 200 units have been allocated for the American market.