Polestar, the high-performance division of Volvo Cars, has come up with major updates for the special editions of Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar for the 2018 model year.

More than 250 components have been changed compared to the standard models. High on the list are carbon-fibre aerodynamic components that increase downforce by as much as 30 per cent. These editions are obviously aimed at very serious driver.

The new aerodynamic exterior package has been developed jointly by the engineers of Polestar and Cyan Racing, the motorsport partner of Polestar. Data and learnings derived from the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) program.


The aerodynamic enhancements include a new front splitter, side sills and a rear spoiler extension, all made from carbon fibre, increasing the downforce by 30 per cent.

Key component changes include adjustable Ohlins shock absorbers and six-piston Brembo brake callipers with 371 millimetre discs.

Many of the components were developed and tested during Polestar Cyan Racing’s Nurburgring testing where a Polestar S60 claimed the record for the fastest four-door road legal car around the infamous Nordschleife circuit.

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


Inside, there’s new seat upholstery with blue contrast stitching and Polestar embroidering.

Only 1500 vehicles will be produced, with each getting a unique number on the sill plate. Currently only 10 have been allocated for Australia, though we get the impression there might be some behind the scenes efforts to obtain more.


First Aussie imports may get here just in time for Christmas, though it’s more likely to be early in the new year. Perhaps contact your Volvo dealer asap?

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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