Volvo launches the Polestar at Rs.52.50 lacs [Apr 18, 2017]
Swedish automobile company Volvo Cars launched the fastest car they have ever made – the new Volvo S60 Polestar. Polestar, the performance brand owned by Volvo Cars, is the quickest car from Volvo’s stable. The car makes 0 - 100km/h sprint in just 4.7 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 250kmh, powered by a specially-enhanced version of Volvo’s award-winning four cylinder Drive-E powertrain.
Polestar has taken an original S60 and added a bigger turbo, a supercharger, new conrods, new camshafts, a larger air intake and a higher capacity fuel pump to augment the engine; and matched it with a BorgWarner four-wheel drive system and the new Polestar-optimised eight-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox.
On top of this new performance-optimised equipment, Polestar has reduced the car’s weight by 24kgs lighter over the front axle and 20kgs lighter in total compared to the previous model years.
The new Volvo S60 Polestar comes at an unbelievable INR 52.5 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi) a price that will attract many petrolheads.
“This car is remarkably quick,” said- Tom von Bonsdorff, Managing Director, Volvo Auto India. “But it is more than that. It combines Polestar’s 20 years racing pedigree with Volvo’s inherent pragmatism and engineering heritage. It is a racing car that you can use every day of the year, be it track or city roads.”
The first road legal Polestar cars were launched in 2014 to limited markets. Today, Polestar is delighted to announce an expansion to 47 markets (up from 13) and doubling volumes from 750 to 1500 cars. India being a growth market promises to be an important step in achieving the targets.
”While used vastly in different areas, this car shares more than just technology as compared to the track car. The core philosophy is the same, developed by people with the same passion. It is about creating performance that can be used in all situations, no matter if it’s about winning a championship or being able to enjoy a safe, functional and fun-to-drive car all year.”- Tom von Bonsdorff added
The race car features a further developed four-cylinder Drive-E engine; and the two-litre, twin-charged (Turbo Charged and Super Charged) engine of the Volvo S60 Polestar produces 367 horsepower and 470 Nm. The car does a 0 - 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds.
Part of the improved performance and especially handling compared to the previous model years is an optimised weight distribution and torque vectoring.
”All changes made to the car are about improving drivability and efficiency. The base of the new engine carries motorsport technology with solutions like the combination of turbo and supercharger, lightweight materials and more. This works hand-in-hand with our core philosophy and has enabled us to evolve the Volvo S60 Polestar.” said- Henrik Fries, Vice President R&D, Polestar.
Other new features on the cars include a new 20” lightweight rim, Polestar calibrated electro-assisted power steering and a new slotted Brembo 6 piston caliper brake disc 371mm.
The sporty sedan comes in 3 colours – Rebel blue, Onyx black and Ice white and is available for deliveries across Volvo cars dealerships in India starting today.
Radar Equipped Safety:
The safest sedan in its segment just became safer.
The recent delicensing of certain frequencies of radar enables us to introduce our Radar based safety features in India. The S60 Polestar is equipped with radar and with inputs from camera it activates an array of pre-emptive safety functions.
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane departure warning
- Collision Warning with full auto-braking for Pedestrians, Cyclists, other vehicles and large animals
- Blind-spot detection with Cross Traffic Alert
- City Safety
- Park Pilot Assist
Apart from the radar-based safety the car is equipped with an array of World-Class passive safety systems - strong safety cage, seat-belt pre-tensioners, Side Impact protection and Whiplash protection. In all it is the safest sedan in its segment with a 5-Star Euro NCAP rating.
· 4-cylinder 2L inline petrol engine with turbo and supercharger
· 376hp/470Nm torque
· Polestar 3.0” stainless full-flow active exhaust system with twin 3.5” tail pipes
· New Conrods, Camshaft, Fuel pump & Air-filter
BorgWarner four-wheel drive
o Polestar calibration for more rear torque dynamic distribution
o Polestar calibrated stability control system 8-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox with paddle shifters
o Faster gearshifts
o Curve-hold functionality
o Off-throttle functionality
o Optimised shift precision
Polestar/Brembo 6 piston brake calipers
371×32 mm ventilated and floating Brembo discs
302×22 mm ventilated discs
Kerb weight: 1756 kgs
o Launch control
o Sport+ mode
Aerodynamics – Polestar front splitters corners, Polestar rear spoiler and Polestar diffuser
Polestar is the performance brand of Volvo Cars. The company was founded as a motorsport team in 1996 and has been successful in numerous championships, racing with various Volvo models. In 2009, Polestar started to offer performance related products and thereby intensified the business relations with Volvo Cars. The first performance cars, based on Volvo’s S60 and V60, were launched in 2014.
In 2015, Volvo Cars acquired the performance unit of Polestar, as a strong commitment towards a credible performance offer and with the mission to define future premium performance.