The Polestar brand entered India recently through the tuned S60 sedan that produces 362 horsepower and 470 Nm of torque
Volvo and Cyan Racing have been in motorsport for more than three decades and their synergy has created some amazing championship-winning race cars. The Swedish luxury automaker transferred the learning on track on to the road through the Polestar performance outfit since 1996 and it was brought in-house only recently.
The integration has reaped benefits as the S60 Polestar and V60 Polestar have been well-received in international markets. The former was launched in India recently with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo and supercharged petrol engine making 362 horsepower and 470 Nm of torque. It is priced at a competitive Rs. 52.50 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) considering the loads of tech and upgraded performance components it comes with compared to the standard S60 sedan.
In the period of over two decades with Polestar, Volvo has achieved a significant milestone as more than 1,00,000 Iron Mark badged vehicles have been enhanced by the performance division. The main reason for the increase in numbers is the new Drive-E power unit found on cars like the XC90 and the V60.
An electric battery and a four-cylinder engine send power to the wheels in the efficient system. The India-bound new generation XC60, expected to launch later this year, will be the latest gainer of that powertrain that adds up to the Polestar regime as well. Johan Lindqvist, Head of Global Sales at Polestar, said the achievement was possible due to the increased interest from performance-oriented Volvo customers.
The outgoing XC60 was the most popular model to receive the Polestar enhancements ahead of the XC90 and the V60. The three big markets for Polestar based models are China, Sweden and the US in terms of sales. Volvo could introduce more vehicles going through Polestar optimisation due to the auspicious sales numbers.
It has already been reported that the future Polestar vehicles could gain a versatile hybrid powertrain appealing across the whole portfolio. By 2018, the first models to get benefitted by the Polestar upgrades are the flagship S90 and the V90.