There’s an old Volvo ad that proclaims beating up on your Amazon sedan is “cheaper than psychiatry.” We wouldn’t suggest beating up on the latest high-performance Volvo S60 tuned by Polestar, but we’re betting this high performance sedan is just as therapeutic.
The engine in the S60 is Volvo’s turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine, which normally comes with 300 horsepower. Thanks to Polestar’s upgrades, it now pushes 508 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque, routing all that through a six-speed gearbox and Haldex all-wheel drive system. Outside, it’s been given 19-inch wheels, a handsome Polestar body kit and bright blue paint.
Will Volvo build it? At this point, it’s just a concept. “Whether there will be more cars built is an open question. First of all we want to get feedback on this first prototype,” said Hans Bååth, Polestar marketing director and a man who has more ångström symbols in his name than you.
But it’s also moot to say that Volvo should have built this yesterday. With the rise of unexpected luxury brands like Lexus (and its F-Sport series) attempting to compete against the established Germans in the fun-to-drive market, a thoroughly insane Volvo should garner enough attention to make some of the lead-footed notice. It may not have this much irresponsible horsepower, but a full-fledged successor to 2003′s S60R would be a welcome addition. After all, the Volvo logo isn’t the symbol of masculinity for nothing.