Now that Volvo Cars has unwrapped its third-generation S60 sedan, we can take a closer look at what will serve as the flagship model in the new range, the S60 T8 Polestar Engineered.
As previously reported, this derivative will be positioned above the R-Design derivatives, with tweaks to the turbocharged and supercharged 2,0-litre plug-in hybrid powertrain’s control unit hiking peak outputs to 305 kW and 670 N.m. Furthermore, Volvo claims an improvement in fuel consumption.
On paper, that should see the Polestar-fettled, all-wheel-drive S60 outpunch the likes of the Audi S4, BMW 340i and Mercedes-AMG C43, with an expected 0-100 km/h time of around 4,5 seconds. Not bad, right?
But perhaps more interesting are the alterations that Polestar will make to the vehicle's wheels, brakes and suspension. Indeed, the S60 T8 Polestar Engineered upgrade will include new lightweight alloys (framing gold-painted brake callipers), Brembo mono-block brake callipers (with uprated pads and discs) and Öhlins shock absorbers with dual-flow valves.
Polestar emblems, black-chrome tailpipes and gold-coloured seat belts will furthermore serve to identify the flagship variant.
While Volvo Car South Africa has confirmed that the S60 will be launched locally at some point in 2019 in T4, T5 and T6 guises, the local arm of the Swedish automaker says the T8 Twin Engine as well as the Polestar Engineered upgrade are still "under consideration". Here's hoping at least a few examples make their way to SA...
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