| Fadhil Yunus |
THE new Volvo V60 Polestar has finally been introduced in the region.
According to the manufacturers the new Volvo model will be the latest attraction in the growing automobile industry in the region.
Also making its mark – albeit in Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA – is the S60 Polestar, a sedan version of the V60.
The V60 and S60 were developed in collaboration with Polestar.
In a press release, Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar, said “We are proud to present the S60 and V60 Polestar. A car developed for those who share our passion at Polestar. That driving really matters and that a true driver’s car should enable you to enjoy driving all year, on all roads and in all weather conditions.”
The simplicity of the V60 Polestar interior design can be seen through its spacious dashboard. A perfectly stitched steering wheel and sporty bucket seats further indicate the simple but eccentric details of the V60 Polestar, which compliments the vehicle’s outer strengths, the performance. It has carbon fibre inlayed in the centre stack. Volvo said that this is designed to increase driver support and control.
“All in all we have taken a major step forward in all areas, from chasis and engine to interior and exterior details. Development work has been focused on the overall package in order to create a car that you want to use every day, both from a practical and emotional perspective,” said Henrik Fries, S/V60 Polestar Technical Project Manager.
Weighing in at 1,822kg, the V60 is able to reach 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds with its juiced up Volvo T6 six-cylinder motor courtesy of Polestar. It also has upgraded Haldex four-wheel drive system.
Besides the engine upgrades, there are upgrades to the brake and tyres.
Its main features include 20-inch tyres and six piston brembo upfront, bearing in mind the brake technology reserved for supercars. The suspension has all-ins and is both firm and comfortable.
The V60 Polestar is thoroughly optimised and wonderfully compromised between an all-out track car and a wonderful road car. The all-in dampers are considered the best features of such a highly- powered vehicle. The spring rate is firmer by 90 per cent in the front and 72 per cent in the rear.
The 2015 version has an active sport exhaust. The active sport exhaust works above 4,000 RPM in normal mode. The transmission all-wheel drive and stability and traction system also receive Polestar tweaks.
Its upgrades include modifications made to increase rigidity of the chassis to cater for the 80 per cent stiffer springs relative to the standard S60 R-Design. These changes combined with the tailored high performance Ohlins shock absorbers.
Engine management has been optimised for slightly more boost to the engine that produces of modest 350 horsepower and 369 foot pound of torque. The six-speed automatic gearbox features a new paddle shift system.
Meanwhile, Volvo will be holding a soft launch of the V40 Cross Country and the latest Volvo range models for 2015 on February 7. The opening hours for the launch will be between 10am to 5 pm with the test drive after 12pm onwards.
There will also be a test drive campaign on February 8 from 10am to 4pm.