Hard-hitting Polestar wagon lands in Australia along with revised S60 Polestar sedan.
Volvo has revised its flagship Polestar performance model yet again for 2015, with the sedan joined by a V60 wagon version for the first time.
This latest update is the third in sixteen months for the Polestar sedan as Volvo's performance brand continually develops the model to maximise the performance potential of the S60 platform.
The third-gen S60 Polestar brings handling and transmission upgrades over previous iterations and will be available from January 2015 along with its new wagon-shaped brother, the V60 Polestar.
Both cars employ an unchanged 257kW/500Nm turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six engine and Haldex all-wheel drive system, with a 6-speed torque converter auto as the sole transmission.
The sedan can hit 100km/h in 4.9 seconds, while the wagon takes a tenth longer at 5.0 seconds.
The price of the sedan is unchanged for 2015 at $99,990 and the incoming wagon is slightly dearer at $102,990.
For 2015 the Polestar engineers have fiddled with various parts of the tuned S60 to make its handling more precise and confidence inspiring.
The biggest change is wheel grip, with both the wagon and sedan now running 20-inch Polestar-specific alloys wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.
The Öhlins Polestar dampers and Haldex all-wheel drive system were also recalibrated to further improve the handling of the two cars.
The six-speed auto has also been reprogrammed for faster shifts and now features a launch-control function.
While the power and torque outputs of the turbo six are unchanged, a new engine management system and 2.5-inch stainless steal exhaust system with 3.5-inch tips have been added.
Volvo claim the new exhaust reduces back pressure and gives a ‘powerful and rorty’ tone during hard acceleration.
The Polestar’s six-piston Brembo braking system has also received attention, gaining a new brake booster and recalibrated ABS and stability control systems for improved feedback.
Both the sedan and wagon also feature new rear spoilers, which are said to improve high-speed stability through additional downforce.
The Polestar road car program started back in 2012 with the 373kW concept, which morphed into 2013’s 257kW pilot project that was limited to just 50 cars built solely for Australia to gauge customer interest.
The first-gen S60 Polestar was priced from $109,600, which dropped to $99,990 when the second generation went on sale as a full production model early this year.