We admit we have a profound weakness for oddball sport sedans. That includes everything from the fabled Lotus Carlton to the Merkur Scorpio and even unlovables like the second-generation Infiniti M. But few misfit performance saloons rub us the right way like those from Sweden – everything from the Saab 9000 Turbo to its 9-3 Viggen and Volvo's 850 T-5R and S60 R routinely catch our eyes in the classifieds. We love them all, but we've never been foolish enough to think that they were the equals of their German contemporaries. While some of them have been able to put up great in-period numbers, they always somehow fell a bit short in real-world flogging, hoping to make up the difference in rarity and eccentricity.

Now, however, there might finally be a swift Swede that doesn't fall into this trap, though it sounds like it might cost en arm och ett ben (an arm and a leg). According to Autocar, Volvo is in "serious discussion" with its favorite tuner to bring a production version of its utterly bonkers S60 Polestar Concept to market. Polestar, as you may recall, has already linked arms with the Gothenburg automaker to create a branded brace of more powerful Volvo models – including the S60 – but nothing as extreme as this 508-horsepower all-wheel-drive hero car. Unfortunately, Autocar suggests that in order to build a business case for this car, Volvo is ballparking a price of at least £100,000, or around $155,000. That's nearly $100,000 dearer than likely competitors like the Audi RS4, BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.

Would such a costly and left-field machine find buyers? It sounds like a bit of a tough sell, but who knows? Nissan has apparently found a way to charge deep into the six figures for its galactically powerful Juke-R. For its part, Volvo reportedly already sold the original concept to an eager buyer for $300,000...


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      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was at Deja Vu last night and saw a couple impressive Polestars.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a really cool car and all, and I respect them for even thinking about building it, but let's be real. They cannot get away with charging $100,000 for this car, let alone 150K+. This is one of those cases where even as a diehard enthusiast, I don't see a case for this one.
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd rather see a $45,000 Volvo with a high revving turbo 2.0 liter making around 330 horsepower with a non-haldex performance based full-time AWD system. We'll do the rest to get it to 500hp and it's light weight will assist with handling and getting to 60. Build that car for the masses first, then do this one-off crap.
      Brian E Parker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ridiculous. A Heico S60 will get you most of that performance for @ $78,000
      Jack Schneider
      • 2 Years Ago
      That guy who bought the first and only (for now) for a godly amount of money probably isn't happy about this news
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jack Schneider
        $300k could have gotten an optioned Mclaren MP4-12C Spyder. Wow.
          Zeus
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          Or a 458 with a twin turbo kit. OUCH!
      Zeus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes Volvo, please built the Polestar! Nooooo Volvo do NOT charge $155,000 for this car. Even $100,000 for this car is stretching it a bit I think. Thats well within the price range or a ZR1 / GT-R. A lot of people would go to a GT-R or Z06 before this for the price. Come on Volvo. This is why I could never justify buying a Lamborghini / Ferrari / Audi R8 unless I was worth tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. You can build cars that are way faster than these for a fraction of the cost. Ultima GTR, Z-cars Minis, V8 Miata etc etc. Volvo could get away with pricing this at 85-90k tops.
      ihatedavebushell
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish they would build it, but seriously - they will never sell a single one if it cost more than an RS4 or M3. 50 - 60 grand and they might sell some - 155 grand - good luck, they already got 300 grand out of the only sucker I seeing looking to pay that kind of money for a 40k car with a tune!
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they're okay with low volume, then a high price is absolutely acceptable. If they're going for high volume, then that price is way out of line. Hopefully they set the price based roughly on the actual cost of the vehicle instead of by estimating what price will result in X number of sales.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        The less they end up making, the greater % of the development cost is pegged on each vehicle's sell price (or risk losing a ton of money on each). Thus, high prices. Of course, high prices for something like this means lower sales, as it can't compete with $100k cheaper M3, C63, etc when it costs 3 times as much. Volvo needs to get this or a slightly detuned version to full mass production at competitive prices. Actually, they really don't need to, but they should.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        What kind of volume would theyt be looking at with a price like that? 100 cars a year?
      rü$╫
      • 2 Years Ago
      For Christs sake...it's a nice looking car. It won't out preform a z06, so why the hell does it cost more than one? If your buying a car for looks f*cking make it look like that and slap a nice bov and some wheels on it and call it a day. **** I can build one of these if I wanted to. Why spend $100,000 even $40,000 on one.
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah..I would bet Volvo could make a performance vehicle like this at half the sticker price...don't really know what about the guts on this thing require 150k to make a biz case...
      Julle85
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fast and nice Volvo. But its kind of stupid to compare this Volvo and the RS4 between. The RS4 is a wagon. Then its good comparing, if this Volvo is also a wagon.
      Bryant Keith
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh please, oh please, oh please!!!
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