Swedish performance sedan, Volvo S60 Polestar is now launched in India with a pricetag of ₹ 52.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The ‘Polestar’ is the performance department of Volvo, something similar to what M-division is to BMW. It’s the first time that Volvo has brought one of its Polestar models to India that will sit on top existing S60 model range that includes the standard sedan and Cross Country versions.
In India, the Volvo S60 Polestar will go compete with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG C43 and Ford Mustang. The previous generation S60 Polestar had a T6 engine which was an in-line 6 motor, pumping out close to 340 bhp. This time, Volvo has decided to do away with the big 6-cylinder engines and equip the new S60 Polestar with a smaller 2.0 Litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged engine. The new engine however do make more power than before- 362 bhp of power and 470 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The car can sprint from 0-100 kmph in just 4.7 seconds. Top speed has been electronically limited at 250 kmph.
The new S60 Polestar is also 20 kg lighter than the previous model, courtesy the smaller engine and use of advanced materials. Other performance updates include larger brakes, 20-inch Polestar alloy wheels and some design updates like the R-Design treatment and signature blue paint scheme.
The suspension of the S60 Polestar is 80 per cent stiffer than regular S60. At the front, it gets pure carbon fibre strut braces for better direct steering feel. The updated aero package means that the front bumper induces 31 kg downforce and rear spoiler generate 15 kg downforce at 250 kmph. Being a Volvo, it comes loaded with safety tech including dual front airbags, passenger airbags and SIPS airbags along with whiplash protection for the front seat, ISOFIX mounts, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and more.
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