Volvo V60 Polestar edition announced

  • Volvo announces performance editions of V60 and S60
  • Only the V60 to come to the UK
  • On sale in June 2014, pricing announced next year

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The Volvo V60 Polestar is set to be the fastest model in the estate's range when it goes on sale in the middle of 2014.

Polestar, Volvo's performance arm, has tuned the company's six-cylinder, turbocharged T6 petrol engine to produce 345bhp. As a result it is capable of getting from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds and goes on to a limited top speed of 155mph.

This extra power is available courtesy of a new turbo, while a stainless steel exhaust system brings a more sporty engine note. The power heads to the four-wheel-drive system via a six-speed automatic gearbox, which comes with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

The four-wheel-drive and traction control systems have also been tweaked to make the most of the car's improved performance. The chassis has been stiffened, the brakes upgraded and the car has been given aerodynamic improvements to the front and rear to improve downforce.

Inside, the V60 Polestar gets bespoke detailing, materials and Polestar colours on features such as the steering wheel and seats.

The engine in the Polestar is based on the outgoing, 300bhp, T6 model, rather than the new, four-cylinder model. Emissions and fuel economy will not be confirmed until next year, but they are expected to be on a par with the old T6's 237g/km CO2 rating and 27.7mpg average fuel economy figures.

Volvo is also producing an S60 Polestar, but this will not be coming to the UK.

Sales numbers of the V60 will be limited, to something in the region of 125. Prices and final specification are expected to be announced in the early part of 2014 before it goes on sale in June.

By Tom Webster

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