Dumping the old, balky 6-speed automatic is a blessing as the new 8-speed is not only terrific around town, but in Sport+ mode it does exactly what you would want around the track. Without ever touching the paddles or gear selector, the software does an impressive job of keeping the powertrain on boil, right in the sweet spot of the power band. The shifts are quick and there's even a little back pressure fart that comes from the 3.0-inch diameter active exhaust with 3.5-inch tailpipes.
While many love to complain about electric power steering, Volvo has nailed it. The system is nicely weighted, and gives you a real feel for what is going on down on the ground. Thankfully, there's no silly Sport mode for the steering that feeds in a bunch of heavy, artificial weight. It just is what it is, and it's really good.
Should you buy it?
The 2017 Volvo S60 Polestar starts from $60,995 while the V60 has a price tag of $62,595. That's far from chump change. In fact, that's deep in sports sedan territory with the BMW M3 starting at $64,995 and the Mercedes-AMG C63 sedan starting from $66,125. Both of those cars feature far more power and some newer tech.
So why should you consider the 2017 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestars? Most buyers won't, and that's just fine with the Polestar team.
For the discerning few, it's about a balance between how much power you really need, 365-day livability, and being different. The Polestars are rare cars, with only 1,500 scheduled to be built globally this year. You're unlikely to see a row of them at your local Cars & Coffee on Saturday morning.
Photographer and friend of Motor Authority Chris Mitchell said it best, "Yeah, but it's a Polestar. That's the geeky selling point. It's not a Volvo to those who buy it. It's Swedish BTCC heritage."