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2018 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar get race-honed aerodynamics

By David Bonnici, 29 Aug 2017 Car News

2018 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar get race-honed aerodynamics

The Polestar models gain 250 unique components including a carbon fibre aerodynamic pack

Volvo’s performance arm, Polestar has added extra kit to its souped-up S60 and V60 models including a new aero kit that increases downforce by 30 percent.

The new carbonfibre aerodynamic exterior package was developed jointly by the engineers at Polestar and its motorsport partner, Cyan Racing based on knowledge gained from its World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) programme.

Many of these components were developed and tested during Polestar Cyan Racing’s recently-revealed secret Nürburgring test, where a Polestar S60 claimed the record for the fastest four-door road legal car around the infamous Nordschleife circuit. 

Needless to say the aerodynamic enhancements, which include a new front splitter, side sills, and a rear spoiler extension, help increase grip and high-speed stability.

Other visual changes include high-gloss black Polestar diamond cut wheels, carbon fibre door mirror casings, and a new colour; Bursting Blue Metallic.

The interior has also been updated with new seat upholstery, blue contrast stitching, and Polestar embroidering.

More than 250 components are unique to the Polestar S60 and V60 over the standard Volvo models including the adjustable Öhlins shock absorber system and six-piston Brembo brake callipers with 371mm discs.

Both models retain the powerful 270kW/470Nm Drive-E engine four-cylinder engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels.

A combined total of just 1500 S60 and V60 Polestar models will be produced for the global market, with all cars receiving a unique build number on the tread plate.

Volvo Australia told WhichCar 10 will be made available for Australia from January, with the mix likely to be four sedans and six wagons with pricing not yet confirmed.

The current S60 and V90 Polestars retail for $89,990 and $102,600 respectively.