Volvo is an automaker that builds safe, dependable, and premium machines. If you watch the average Volvo drive by on the street, you might not guess that the automaker also has a history of building some pretty cool race cars.
For some time now, Volvo has been working with race team Polestar to craft some wicked machines. Now that knowledge is being applied to the street in a limited-run series of sedans and wagons.
How limited? How does 80 wagons and just 40 sedans sound? There's no question about which we'd prefer to spend time with, and that's how we ended up playing with the Volvo V60 Polestar for a few days.
Under the hood, Polestar have swapped in a larger turbo for that inline-six-cylinder T6 engine. The result is 350 horsepower being sent out to the Haldex all-wheel-drive system. This is a rear-biased system, by the way. There's great noise coming out the back end, and surprisingly rapid acceleration occurring everywhere else. This wagon will scoot from 0-60 miles per hour in just under five seconds.
The interior is your standard setup of plain yet purposeful Volvo goodness. There are, however, many touches to let you know the car is special. Polestar badging and logos appear all over the place, and the steering wheel lets you know exactly which number of the limited run that your car happens to be.
The whole affair will set you back around $60,000—if you can still find one for sale. That's not cheap, but you're getting a family hauler that hauls ass, and does so with style and comfort. Why buy an E350 wagon again?