They haven’t chased trends, haven’t strayed away from what makes a Volvo, a Volvo, and in doing so they’ve positioned themselves as a smart alternative to the German establishment.
They’ve got a bonafide hit in the family market with the XC90, the S90 will make waves in the executive segment, and now it’s time for the enthusiast market to get excited about the updated S60 and V60 Polestar models.
The quickness comes courtesy of the 2.0-liter twin-charged four cylinder that replaces the old 3.0-liter straight six, and in this application the motor puts out 362 hp, and 347 lb-ft of torque thanks to some tweaks made by Polestar.
These changes (naturally) include a bigger turbo, supercharger, and a larger air intake to keep things nice and frosty in the engine bay. New conrods and a higher capacity fuel pump were also added, but even so, Volvo claims fuel economy, and CO2 emissions are “at a class leading level“, if you care about that kind of thing.
A 44 lb weight reduction, which brings the S60 to 3,860 lbs, and the V60 to 3,960 lbs, is part of what helps the Swedish hot rods to be less thirsty for fuel, but the enhanced 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission provides a much needed assist as well. So, more power, better fuel economy, tweaked transmission, updated power steering, and bigger brakes, yeah, I think the new Polestars will do just fine.