After a trial run, Volvo unleashes its hot saloon and estate on the world.
Last year, the Volvo 501bhp S60 Polestar prototype was unveiled. It seemed like a sensible Volvo saloon with 501bhp, but at the time, Volvo said only ten S60 Polestars would ever be built - each costing a six-figure sum - and that was that.
Well, this week Volvo has announced it will put the S60 and V60 Polestar into wider production across the world, including the UK.
The not-quite-so-limited-edition S60 and V60 won't have 501bhp, but instead 345bhp from the same turbocharged 3.0-litre V6.
The car is based on the latest generation Volvo S/V60 and marks the start of an extended Polestar production model range. Development of the car has been ongoing over the past years, picking up from the C30 and S60 Concept cars and the Australian S60 Polestar. Thousands of development kilometres have been driven on twisty mountain roads, on the Autobahn and test tracks from the south of Europe to the frozen north of Sweden.
Running a recalibrated version of Volvo's Haldex four-wheel drive system and a six-speed paddle-shift auto, the S60 and V60 will get from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds, past 124mph less than 13 seconds later and hit the limiter at 155mph.
371mm front discs and six-piston Brembo calipers tucked beneath those 20-inch wheels take care of stopping duties, while a neat new front splitter and subtle rear wing add a hint of downforce.
Polestar - the company that once ran Volvo's Swedish touring car team but has now moved on board as the firm's official ‘M Division', as it were - has also fettled the S60's cabin, though sadly it won't be quite so Alcantara-heavy as the cockpit of the deranged 400bhp C30 Polestar Jeremy drove a couple of years ago.
No word on prices yet, but don't worry: the production S60 and V60 shall be a lot cheaper than the 501bhp version. We'd expect somewhere between £40,000-£45,000 for the S60 saloon, with a premium of a grand or so for the estate.
Polestar will begin delivery of the new S60 and V60 Polestar in June 2014 to local markets.