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Volvo S60 Polestar Concept Generates 500+ Horsepower

12/5/2012
For decades, Volvo has been synonymous with safety. Moving forward, thanks to the automaker's Polestar performance-tuning partner, it could also be synonymous with fun. The Volvo S60 Polestar Concept that debuted at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show is an indicator of what is possible in the future.

"This is Polestar's interpretation of the Volvo S60," says Christian Dahl, founder and CEO of Polestar. "It's a car developed with our own preferences in mind--although we know they are also shared by active drivers."

Jan Andersson, chief engineer at Polestar, elaborates: "We approached this project by looking at the production Volvo S60 as a platform for a potential race car--and the culmination of that data went into the design of the S60 Polestar Concept."

Polestar began with a standard-issue Volvo S60 T6 AWD with a turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that delivers 300 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. Tuning the powertrain to produce 508 horsepower and 424 lb.-ft. of torque, Polestar fortified the concept vehicle with a revised all-wheel-drive system, freer-breathing exhaust system, and a chassis that is lower, wider and stronger to handle the added power.

The result? The S60 Polestar Concept accelerates to 60 mph in approximately 3.8 seconds and can achieve a top speed of nearly 190 mph, according to the company. Volvo Polestar racing driver Robert Dahlgren said, "It is, by far, the most impressive street Volvo I've ever driven. But I must also say that the genuine Volvo feeling is still there."

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