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Road Test: 2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD Polestar

September 3, 2012

Volvo S60 T6 AWD Polestar 2012_01The most powerful engine variant available for Volvo S60 is the 6-cylinder, 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine known as the T6. As standard, it produces 304 horsepower and 440 Newton metres of torque. This provides quite a good performance for the Volvo S60. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes 6,1 seconds and the top speed is 250 km/h. This kind of performance is usually enough for all your driving needs. But no matter how fast your car is, as the time goes by, you get used to its performance and the car may start to feel just a bit slow. Luckily, this kind of problem can be solved quite easily especially when you have a turbocharged engine. By tweaking the engine management system, you can have a nice improvement in the engine’s power output. However, with a chip tuning there is always a little risk that you don’t want to take, especially when you have a new car.

Now Volvo and Polestar are offering a power optimization that doesn’t affect on the car’s warranty. Polestar been Volvo’s partner in various motorsport projects. Now they have brought their experience, gained from the race tracks, available for the Volvo drivers. Polestar power optimization can be installed on a new or used Volvo at your local Volvo dealer. The Polestar Performance power optimization improves power and torque output, but the fuel consumption should remain the unchanged. This is possible due to the efficient tuning of the engine, which only increases the peak power output. With a better torque output, you can keep the revs lower at steady speeds and achieve smaller fuel consumption. But only in theory. With the power optimization, it is more likely that your fuel consumption may increase a bit at first as you enjoy your car’s new and improved power output.

Depending on the market, Polestar Performance power optimization is available for different engine variants. For the Volvo S60 T6, the Polestar power optimization provides additional 25 horsepower, and the top torque grows by 40 Newton metres. Not that there is anything wrong with the performance of the standard S60 T6, but it is always nice to have a bit more. With 329 horsepower and 480 Newton metres of torque, the performance of the S60 is really enjoyable. This extra power output comes especially handy when overtaking. The overtaking performance of the Polestar optimized Volvo S60 T6 is unbelievable and you don’t have to spend much time on the opposite lane. Only problem is that the speed gathers very quickly and you have to be really careful if you want to keep the driving speed within the speed limit. The six-speed automatic gearbox, which is standard in the T6, seems to handle the extra power without a problem. Another standard feature in the T6 is the all-wheel drive, so you get to enjoy the extra power also during winter time.

From the exterior, the Polestar power optimization can only be recognized from the small badge on the boot lid. If you want to a completely sportier look for your Volvo, then you should choose the R-Design model. The R-Design comes with a redesigned front with a grille painted in glossy piano black. At the rear there is a diffuser with twin exhaust tailpipes. The five-spoke 18-inch Diamond cut wheels are also included in the R-Design. The R-Design interior features sportier front seats and also a new steering wheel, gear selector, sports pedals and floor-mats.

However, the S60 R-Design isn’t just about styling, it improves the car’s driving dynamics as well. The car’s body have been stiffened by installing a strut brace under the bonnet. The new front and rear springs have lowered the car by 15mm. The spring stiffness is also 15 percent higher. At the rear the S60 R-Design features new monotube dampers which should response more quickly. There are also stiffer front and rear bushings to provide a firmer ride. The lowered chassis with stiffer suspension improves the steering response as well. All this makes the S60 R-Design a very enjoyable car to drive also on a curvy road. Although the suspension is stiffer than standard, it is not uncomfortable for daily use either. But I wouldn’t take it to the gravel road, especially when fitted with these low profile 18-inch wheels.



  • Petrol
  • 6-cylinder
  • 2953cc
  • Turbo


  • 242 kW (329 hp) / 5400-6500rpm


  • 480 Nm / 3000-3600rpm


  • 6-speed automatic
  • AWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 6.1 seconds (standard)

Top speed

  • 250 km/h

Fuel consumption

  • 9.9 l/100km

CO2 emissions

  • 231 g/km

Volvo S60 T6 AWD Polestar 2012_06


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