There are several things you might think of when Volvo comes to mind, but performance isn't necessarily one of them. Volvo is working on that image, however, and Polestar is a big part of that.

The tuning firm and racing garage has been partnering with Gothenburg on several fronts, not the least of them being the company's officially sanctioned touring car team whose latest S60 racer is pictured above. Those efforts have also been seeping into the Swedish automaker's publicly available road cars, but nothing has approached the kind of levels that AMG applies to Mercedes-Benz or the M division does with BMW vehicles.

That's been long rumored to be in for a change, however, and the latest reports give us a sneak peek at what the two firms have in store. According to Swedish car mag Teknikens Varld, Volvo and Polestar are working on a full-scale assault on the territory held by the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and BMW M3, among others.

The donor vehicle would be the S60 sedan, but the question remains just what would motivate such a beast. Sources suggest the Yamaha-built V8 from the XC90 could be employed. In stock form it produces 315 horsepower, but Noble uses it in the M600 with a pair of turbochargers that boost output up to 641 hp. A nice, round 400 hp should be well within reason, then, and Polestar's considerable capabilities.

The S60 Polestar could, however, go with modifying an engine already available in the stock S60. For its C30 concept, Polestar bolted a bigger turbo onto the 2.5-liter five for 411 hp, and recently managed to squeeze 325 hp out of the stock turbo six with just an ECU reflash. Whatever the engine, we're told to expect a Haldex all-wheel-drive system, Öhlins suspension and Brembo brakes stuffed into 19-inch BBS alloys wearing Pirelli PZero rubber. Consider our interests piqued.


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      jvshenderson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems like lots of companies want to get into the "performance sub-brand" game, but it takes a long time to establish a reputation: Cadillac V is getting close, Lexus F still has a ways to go, and Infiniti IPL is maybe even going the wrong direction. Merging with an established tuner seems like a wise choice. I wish them well!
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          Karl T
          • 2 Years Ago
          'A tuner' is EXACTLY what Lotus has acted as for years. Yes, they had/have their own cars, but they have very much so been a tuner.
      David Donovan
      • 2 Years Ago
      First things first, give us that Polestar C30 first!!
      Kyle
      • 2 Years Ago
      you should see the the black version of the Polestar s60 ...http://ttagroup.se/en/
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        British_Rover
        • 2 Years Ago
        So hang on a minute you drove a pre-production model 2011 S60 back two years ago, and yes it had to be a pre-production model if you really drove it two years ago. We got one of the first production 2011 S60s in the US on the ground in August of 2010 for our dealership. That qualifies you to discuss a R-design 2012 S60 with a host of suspension changes, different transmission with sport mode, software changes to the AWD and an overboost feature? No, it doesn't. The regular 2012 S60s got all of those other changes minus the Specific R-design suspension changes and they are very different vehicles. It is not the same vehicle it was in 2011. Might as well say you drove a base 2009 328xi two years and that qualifies you for talking about a 2011 328xi with sport package. They are different cars. As for spending $43,000 on a BMW well I just built a 2012 328i sport with all the stuff that a 2012 S60 T6 would come with, minus AWD as you cannot get AWD in that BMW yet, and you might be able to buy one for $43,000. MSRP is almost $46,000 so hypothetically you could buy one for $43,000. Of course you would be done 60 hp, have to pay for premium fuel, not have as long a warranty etc and no AWD either. A S60 T6 AWD would be $42,000 or so MSRP and you would be buying ot for under $39,000 with current programs. I like BMWs but they are incredibly expensive once you start adding options. Much more so then Volvos. The advantage BMW has is an incredibly strong leasing program. The high MSRP on the BMW is basically a fantasy as most people will lease it and a $45,000 BMW leases like a $35,000 car should. I like that BMW has not compromised their core principals in pursuit of cost savings for engines. Mercedes gave up inline six cylinders for V6s as the V6 costs less money and are easier to package. BMW didn't just like Volvo hasn't.
        British_Rover
        • 2 Years Ago
        Have you driven the current S60 R-Design? It has torque vectoring and while it does have a FWD bias and a heavy front end it is a great driving car. The transverse inline engine has plenty of other advantages from a packaging stand point and safety standpoint. Lots more interior space then a longitudinal engine, easier to work on, better crash performance because you can build in more crumple zone room and easier break away engine mounts. The way BMW sets up their inline six is optimum for handling and performance but has other limitations. Everything is a compromise and Volvo is not going to compromise safety and comfort for a little bit better driving performance. Volvo doesn't need to take on the M3. If they build a solidly performance sporty sedan that is thousands less then the BMW then it will sell. It doesn't need to sell in the volumes that BMW sells M3s to make Volvo money.
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      Brett
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only if Polestar brings back the manual transmission, preferably with that trick cue-ball-lookin' shift boot from the old T5 and R models.
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want it to be true but I will believe it when I see it. Volvo is infact becoming more desirable, they need to amp it up a notch though. It cant be just as good as BMW or Mercedes; it has to be better to make me switch from my BMW's.
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        ravenosa
        • 2 Years Ago
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        What BMW/Merc buyers are cross-shopping German cars with opiates like Ikeamobiles? Even the CEO of Volvo said they can't compete with the real luxury brands.
      evannever
      • 2 Years Ago
      Volvo has been racing touring cars for years, why should we think this thing will ever come to market? Volvo likes to sell the sizzle when it comes to sportiness.
      Anas Taji
      • 2 Years Ago
      bring it on Volvo
      Bassracerx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im interested in the v8 or the i5 the i5 would be more Volvo but a very small displacement v8 with turbos that winds up to 7k would be amazing on any car let alone a Volvo. Even off it couldn't beat a c63 or a m3 on the track if it was close enough and looked good I would so want one
      Xedicon
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      Polestar is the real deal, I can't wait to see what they come up with! The C30 concept was incredibly awesome and makes me think the S60 should be badass. The S60 is a really nice car in the first place and has at least some sportiness already - good things good things! I doubt they'll go to the V8 though - we've already seen proof the 6 can go to over 700hp (granted it's a crazy build) but that means they'll have all the potential they need in the 6. However you slice it, more performance models out there is always a good thing!
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