Goodwood Festival of Speed: Volvo S60 Polestar
Volvo turns heads with S60 Polestar Concept
Volvo have been producing safe, well built, revolutionary cars for over eighty years. Some might say they are often owned by drivers not really looking for an exhilarating experience when out on the roads. They maybe right. But Volvo are now changing that thought process with the Volvo S60 Polestar Concept.
Producing 508bhp it’s not your usual Volvo. With Polestar, the Swedish performance partner of Volvo, they have turned an S60 saloon into a complete and utter beast.
Chief engineer at Polestar, Jan Andersson explained about how the car came about, “We approached this project by looking at the production Volvo S60 as a platform for a potential race car, and the culmination of that data went into the design of the S60 Polestar Concept.”
First up, you can’t help but notice the Rebel Blue colour on the car. It might not be to everyone’s tastes, it certainly warrants a second take. But it wasn’t just the colour that was making it stand out amongst the Supercar Paddock at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it was the engine noise from the S60 Polestar.
The turbo-charged, inline six-cylinder engine propels the S60 Polestar from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds and with a top speed of more than 186 mph, you can see why it’s causing a lot of interest in the automotive industry.
Add Ohlins suspension and a lowered and reinforced chassis, the S60 Polestar is as much fun racing up the hill at Goodwood as it is driving it down the motorway. Even the driver that took me up the hill, Alex Storckenfeldt said it rated amongst one of the best cars he’s ever driven.
The former Swedish Touring Car Racer was suitably impressed, “It’s one of the most extreme cars I’ve ever driven. Handling is superb, engine is noisy, it’s fast and passengers just loved the ride.”
At the Moving Motor Show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it turned more heads than the Ferrari parked behind it. I never thought I’d see a Volvo be more popular than the Prancing Horse.
With just five in the world more will go into production, but at a cost of around £200,000 there won’t be a huge amount produced.
The Volvo S60 Polestar will have got people talking at the weekend and the plus points over the other supercars in the paddock? It’s practical enough to put kids in the back and go and do the weekly shop...