2012 Volvo S60 R-DesignEnlarge Photo
If you’re in the market for a BMW M3, the list of cars you’re cross-shopping is likely a short one, probably limited to the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, the Audi RS5 and perhaps even the larger Cadillac CTS-V.
We’re fairly certain that you won’t be stopping by a Volvo dealer to test drive an S60, though. No matter how good the car is, it’s simply not in the same league as the others mentioned above.
According to Swedish auto magazine TeknikensVärld (via World Car Fans), Volvo tuning specialist Polestar is working on an S60 variant that may change your perception of the safety-oriented automaker.
If sources are correct, the Polestar S60 will come packing a 4.4-liter Yamaha-built V8, previously used in the Volvo XC90 SUV. In that trim, the engine made an insufficient-to-counter-the-M3 311-horsepower, but the same engine makes 641 horsepower via forced induction in the Noble M600.
Rumor has it that the uber-Volvo will get a sequential gearbox and a Haldex all-wheel-drive system, too. Expect it to come with more aggressive suspension tuning than the S60 T6 R-Design, wearing wider wheels and rubber.
If anyone can pull off an M3-fighter from Volvo, Polestar can. The tuner’s previous efforts included the C30 Performance Concept, a wild hot hatch that sported 405-horsepower, all-wheel-drive, an adjustable suspension, Brembo brakes and 19-inch wheels. Sadly, the concept never saw production.
Which raises questions about the production status of a hot S60, too. Volvo has previously committed to moving away from V-8 and V-6 engines, making this a step in the wrong direction.
A Polestar S60 likely wouldn’t sell in sufficient quantities to justify production, but that doesn’t stop those of us with an odd liking for the Swedish sedan from keeping our fingers crossed.
Head on over to TeknikensVärld to see images of the Polestar S60 in the wild.