Volvo with spices: tasting the Polestar sports package. Volvo S 60 in the performance of Polestar does not suffer from a blurry “zero” and stands confidently on the arc. And the ride was not affected. The tuning of the V 40 hatchback is emphasized as aggressive: a stiffer suspension, shifts with tangible shocks and loud release shootings. Even with a sports package, the Volvo X C 60 does not shake the soul and is equally good both with a quiet ride and with an active one.
Court sports units are a common occurrence for many manufacturers, and Volvo is no exception. Polestar employs 45 people and is based in the neighborhood of Volvo. All developments and refinements are done independently, and production is deployed in one of the workshops of the Volvo factory.
Until recently, we did not observe the active promotion of the subsidiary, although it was possible to order separate hardware and firmware from dealers. But since April, the Swedes took the bull by the horns and began global sales (including in Russia) of integrated sports packages for three models – the Volvo V 40, S 60 and X C 60.
However, you can’t buy a ready-made Volvo with a Polestar prefix: you need to buy and install a sports package separately from an authorized dealer. Packages include modified settings for the engine and transmission control system, intake and exhaust systems, as well as refinement of the chassis of course not without external metamorphoses and changes in the interior.
In parallel with the storming of the market this year, Volvo (and Polestar) is returning to the WTCC World Championship with the Polestar Cyan Racing factory team. Is it a burning desire to show oneself or a cold calculation?
Signature Polestar alloy wheels with a snowflake pattern. Diameters: 19 inches for the V 40, 20 inches for the S 60 and 21 inches for the X C 60 crossover.
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Refinement of the chassis – these are other springs and shock absorbents. Their characteristics are selected individually for each modification, because the type of drive and engine significantly affect the mass distribution along the axes. Depending on this, the compression stroke force of shock absorbents is increased by 15–25%. The springs are equally stiffer, and their height is reduced by 5–25 mm.
Most notably, the X C 60 crouched – 10 mm in front and 25 mm in the rear. The result was not long in coming – on the serpentine X C 60 no longer seems like a big crossover. He confidently rests on an arc and smartly responds to driving movements, giving the driver clear feedback.
It is gratifying that the ride was almost unaffected – the X C 60 surprisingly gently fulfills the numerous flaws of Italian roads Although I expected something different from the car on wheels of the 21st diameter with an “electrical tape” of dimension 255/40 R 21. Sorry, the suspension is noisy. Each hit of an obstacle is felt more by the ears than by the body.
Sedan S 60 is underestimated not so radically – by 10 mm. And he also takes care of the riders. In addition, only for vehicles of the 60th series, stretching of the front suspension struts is available. The reaction to the steering wheel became sharper, a clearly marked “zero” appeared, the absence of which the standard machine sins. The V 40 Polestar hatchback also pleased on the serpentine, but turned out to be an outspoken bone-shaker, although it crouched only 5 mm.
The exhaust system is made of thin-walled pipes with a diameter of 2.5 inches. Particular attention was paid to setting the sound, which turned out to be very juicy.
Changes in the settings of the D 4 and D 5 diesel engines, as well as two gasoline turbo engines – the five-cylinder T 5 and the four-cylinder T 6 from the new Drive-E line – cannot be called radical.
The power increase for all engines does not exceed 5%. But the speed range of maximum power and maximum torque became wider, which did not fail to affect the elasticity. Already from medium revs petrol engines please with a confident pressure that will not fall until the cut-off. And diesels even flaunt thrust almost from idle.
For effective traction, the gearbox is returned. The moment of switching the automatic gearbox is shifted to the zone of higher revolutions, and when the gas is released, the machine does not immediately switch to overdrive, so that at any moment you can be ready for subsequent acceleration.
In fact, there is still not enough drive in the usual “drive”: with sharp accelerations, there is a delay when switching the box down. But in the “sport” all the cars I tested instantly responded to the pedal, immediately going down one or two steps.
Each switch is accompanied by a juicy backache of the exhaust system, for the configuration of which a special thank you. S 60 and X C 60 have soft shots, as if from a weapon with a silencer. But the V 40 keeps on being mean: shifting gear is not only a loud “shoot-out”, but also a tangible push. Cheerfully!
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Although all three models have become sharper and more reckless in management, I have a feeling of deliberate reliability and gentleness of character. Perhaps Volvo cars performed by Polestar are much more suitable for confident driving in rain or snow than for racing in the mountains of Southern Europe.
It was not without reason that cars were refined not in Italy, but in Germany and in northern Sweden. Hendrick Fries, Polestar Research and Development Director confirmed my guesses: “When setting up, we really focused more on the northern climate.” For Russia – what you need!
In the future, we will be offered tuning packages for the flagships S 90 and X C 90. Will there be extreme versions of the production Volvo? In response, Hendrick smiled slyly: “Yes, there are such plans, but I can’t say what model it concerns.”
In the salons of all the modified models of changes, there is a minimum: the first thing that catches your eye is the automatic gear selector with the Polestar logo.
Finally the most pressing question: how much is this pleasure?
In Europe, a full set for the V 40 costs 6,700 euros. But in the Russian market there is only a Cross Country version, therefore other models are relevant for us: an upgrade of the S 60 sedan will cost 7700 euros, and the X C 60 – 9300 euros.
It is noteworthy that all components, whether it is a suspension kit or exhaust system, can be purchased element wise and installed at an authorized dealer – without loss of warranty. It is possible that in order to reduce the final price, Russians will be offered cars of special series, initially (already at the factory) equipped with Polestar components. And actually the prices will probably be corrected.
The season in the WTCC world championship will not be a debut for Volvo – the Swedish race cars are not new in touring. In 1985, pilots Francisco Bran Delicate and Thomas Windstorm on the Volvo 240 Turbo became European Touring Champions ETCC (1). It was then that the cars of the Swedish concern received the nickname “flying bricks.” It is worth recalling, when the former Formula 1 pilot Ian Lamer performed in the British BTCC championship on the Volvo 850 with the body.
This year, the Polestar Cyan Racing team will exhibit two Volvo S 60 sedans with their own 400 h p Drive-E engines. At 8500 rpm both factory pilots are Swedes Fredrick Emblem and Ted Bjork. They have long been in the team – it will be easier for engineers to work with their racers to fine-tune cars in the first seasons.