We've already told you about the slightly more awesome version of the Volvo S60 that our friends Down Under can now get their hands on. And according to Aussie site Drive.com.au, Volvo may look to the land of Oz for future testing of new, Polestar-tuned, high-performance models.

Volvo has reportedly confirmed that this S60 Polestar run will be an exercise in testing the acceptance of the Swedish tuner's presence as a proper competitor for things like BMW's M division or Mercedes-Benz's AMG. (A tall order, for sure.) "The world is watching this exercise with much interest," Volvo Cars Australia boss, Matt Braid, told Drive.com.au.

Hans Baath, Polestar Managing Director, reportedly hinted that the tuning house had already begun work on a hotter version of the V40 hatchback, but the project was scrapped in order to get the S60 program rolling. If there's success to be found here, this smaller hot hatch could be revisited, as well as a more powerful version of the XC60 crossover.

For now, all we can do is wait and watch.


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      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volvo, you're starting to accumulate a lot of sh*t in your grille... not a good look. Better clean it up.
      SteveM
      • 1 Year Ago
      I agree with Turbo_S60, I'm very hopeful Volvo revitalizes it's line-up from top to bottom. I find their cars some of the best day-in / day-out automobiles available. We just need more updates and a little more excitement here in the States.
      Alex740
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volvo has a long way to go before being mentioned in the same breath as an AMG or an M but it's not entirely impossible considering how well Audi has done with AWD and FWD setups. The Audi S models are a more realistic and achievable goal for now.
        Alex740
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alex740
        All true but reviews of the S60 vs the A4 have been more favorable towards the S60, especially when it comes to handling. The recurring complaint on the S60 seems to be brakes and transmission which has made me question how important the engine mounting is on Audi vs Volvo.
        • 1 Year Ago
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          GFB
          • 1 Year Ago
          I believe Audi has also engineered the front differential forward of the transmission which sits behind the front axle-line and biases more weight toward the rear. Notice how Audi models have their front wheels moved forward away from the front door? Not as much as a proper RWD car but it makes for better (though not ideal) design proportions relative to cars from its corporate cousin VW.
      Turbo_S60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please give us is the US Polestar versions of S60 and V60! Oh and bring the V40 over here too.
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      brucec039
      • 1 Year Ago
      As the owner of a newer Volvo, I can tell them they don't need test beds, tricked up specials nobody can afford, etc. Just put a better auto transmission in the things and sell the manual versions in the US, and improve the steering feel if you want to have any chance of capturing the driving enthusiast market. They're fine cars otherwise for the price.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      With decreasing tariffs, 1 million annual sales, and the most competitive new car market of any developed nation around the world... if they can make it Down Under, they can make it anywhere.
      tool0117
      • 1 Year Ago
      As an enthusiast I would absolutely love more Polestar cars, combine the reliability, safety and understated design of Volvo with real racing bred performance. However, "this S60 Polestar run will be an exercise in testing the acceptance of the Swedish tuner's presence as a proper competitor for things like BMW's M division or Mercedes-Benz's AMG. (A tall order, for sure.)" - there's the kicker. We will see if those with the actual money to spend on a car like an M3 or C63 AMG will go with the unknown, less 'prestigious', less proven option.
      mkM3
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they are still pursuing the I6 engine in ~500hp form as it was found in the concept. That engine could allow this car to contend with the next M3, C AMG, RS4. With 350hp, it is more in the class of the upcoming M340i, C400, and S4.
      S40Powered
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would love to see it in all models. A t4 will be missed.
      britz
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Volvo's today are not keeping up with the power of BMW and Audi cars and designs. GET MOVING VOLVO!! test after test volvo comes out last as A PREMIUM CAR!! GET BETTER DESIGNERS!! engine displacement more power. Polestars are not what they seem under powered engine. move up to the 400hp already!!!!!!
      nettsu
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd love to see a Polestar V60. Considering the penetration of sports models in Australia - I wouldn't surprised to see more Polestars - there was something I was reading yesterday that BMW had sold 2 550i's but they've sold 30 M5s. 25% of Golfs sold here are GTi's or R's (although after the DSG issues we'll see how that changes). AMG has the highest per capita penetration in Australia. So yes I think there will be more Polestar models.
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