Volvo considers production of 508bhp S60 saloon
Volvo has revealed that a performance-tuned version of the S60 saloon by Polestar could enter a limited production period depending on public demand.
The Volvo S60 Polestar, which was revealed just last month, is a modified version of the executive saloon conceived by a Swedish racing team.
It uses the same 3.0-litre T6 turbocharged petrol engine found on the standard range, but the output is given an explosive-like cordite upgrade from 300bhp to 508bhp.
Many other key components are changed on the S60 Polestar. A sports chassis is now installed, as well as a new wheelbase which spreads the wheels further apart, to enhance handling performance compared to the standard saloon.
The bodyshell is also given an overhaul, and only the front doors, roof and bonnet are carried over from the standard S60. A sports brake and suspension package is also installed to cope with the large boost in performance.
This creation from Polestar follows on from its first modified Volvo, the 400bhp C30 Polestar hot hatch which was first revealed back in 2010.
While the C30 Polestar was positively received by motoring critics, it still remains a one-off concept, and that is currently the case with the S60 Polestar to. The saloon was originally built so that Volvo could assess making a racing version of the S60.
Now however the managing director of Volvo UK, Nick Connor, has revealed that the manufacturer is in serious discussion with Polestar in turning a production version of the tuned S60 into "a reality".
A limited-production version of the S60 Polestar would likely cost over £100,000 to buy. Any potential customers however would not only get access to a powerful new engine, but also supercar-rivalling performance figures.
The tuned saloon can cover the 0-62mph sprint in just 3.9 seconds, that's 0.3 seconds faster than the Aston Martin V12 Vantage coupe. The Polestar's top speed meanwhile is in the region of 186mph.
For now at least the original S60 Polestar concept will be given to one lucky customer, reportedly to "one of the most eager bidders for the C30 Polestar", the hot hatch which has never actually been sold.