What do you do when you get a chance to drive a really exclusive car? You drive it of course. Now I’ve been excited before about cars, but this Rebel Blue Volvo had me grinning like a child right before Christmas.
Now you would be fooled to think that Volvo has just taken a regular T6 S60, remapped it, slapped on some wheels and called it a day. Nope, this car is completely focussed built. Its what AMG is to Mercedes and M is to BMW. Polestar is the “I mean business” sign for Volvo. It’s really grown up weekend toy, which you can use every day, but still have a lot of fun when the roads hand you a kink or two. Although I’m sure a kink won’t cut it and you will have to settle for a chicane.
At the heart of the Polestar is an Inline transversely mounted 6 cylinder turbocharged engine, making a healthy 257kw and 500nm. The turbo-charger is a twin-scroll unit which ensures boost comes on quickly and boy does it offer plenty of mid range. As a result, the 0-100 times are claimed at 4.9 seconds; but that’s not what this car is about. This car really comes alive when the roads turn and it’s an absolute blast to drive. The Ohlins suspension, which is obviously much firmer than what you find on a regular T6, is still not uncomfortable. Usually, cars that are more focussed are a pain to live with everyday, but thankfully this has a fine balance between a fully sport focused saloon and an everyday car.
On the inside, things are still unmistakenly Volvo. The interior is much like any other S60, but there are subtle styling cues that make you realise that this is not you average S60. The leather seats are a mixture of leather and Alcantara with blue stitching. The gear knob has a Polestar transparent logo thing going on, which I personally don’t really don’t like that much, but hey, it’s different. You also have Polestar logo’s on the backrest of the front seats and on the step plates in the front doors. The rest of it is pretty much Volvo, except that you have an array of premium equipment, including heated seats, premium Harman Kardon audio, front and rear PDC, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane assist and collision detection.
Putting the power to the ground is an upgraded Haldex All wheel drive system, mated to an 6 speed Automatic Geartronic adaptive gearbox. Things really come to life, when you shift to sport mode and start using the quick-shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. It seems that all those nights from playing Gran Turismo on the Playstation has finally paid off. Except, now you have the most amazing exhaust note I’ve heard in a very long time, from even the most expensive exotics. There is just something about how this T6 lump, turns a boring old song into the finest Opera, you’ve ever heard from any exhaust.
Keeping things in check are the previously mentioned Ohlins suspension which makes sure the beautiful Polestar twenty inch alloys, covered with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires (245/35) stay firmly on the ground. Sure, on really rough tar, there is some tire noise, but that’s the case with all cars running 20″ wheels with low profile tires. The bespoke Brembo 6 piston front calipers, with 371 x 32mm front disks, not only feel responsive but will also try and remove your face under aggressive braking. There is no lack of braking here, I promise.
The Volvo S60 Polestar is one of those vehicles that will turn heads on our roads for a very long time and only a select few would be able to this vehicle as there are only 25 units available in South Africa. As you are reading this, Volvo has also just announced that they have replaced the T6 with their new Drive-E 4cylinder, making, even more, power, which is obviously very exciting! Will it have the same soul as the awesome sounding T6? We will have to wait and see.
The S60 Polestar costs R735 000 and comes standard with a 5 year 100 000km warranty and maintenance plan. There is also a 5-year unlimited mileage roadside assist.
For more info, Volvocars.com/za