Volvo’s latest version of their V60 wagon comes courtesy of a partnership with Swedish performance tuning house Polestar. Based in Gothenburg, Polestar manufactures electric performance engines and also offers both technical and cosmetic upgrades for a number of Volvo models. Volvo purchased the company in July 2015.
Up until that time, Polestar had been putting together prototypes and participating in racing as the Polestar racing team. As a part of Volvo, Polestar will be producing high-end electric performance cars that will be competing with other electric car companies like Tesla, according to an announcement from Volvo in June 2017.
The V60 Polestar benefits from that electric engine. The front wheels of the V60 will be powered by a turbo and supercharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine. The rear wheels will be powered by an electric motor. Combined, the engines provide 415 horsepower and 495 lb-ft of torque. As a hybrid, the car does require that you both fill it up and charge it to get the full effect.
Polestar’s software optimizes the performance of the V60, and even provides the option of emissions-free driving. The car also benefits from an Ohlins top-shelf suspension system with coil-over dampers. Brembo adds in six-piston brake callipers. Alloy wheels under minimal wheel arches and a blacked-out grille add the final touches to the styling of the car.
Sales are slated to begin sometime in the summer of 2019.