Canadian debut for the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar

The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar made its Canadian debut at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto last week.
”We are very pleased to offer these two new vehicles here in Canada that represent years of diligent research, racing development and passion,” says Marc Engelen, President and CEO Volvo Cars of Canada, “A true enthusiast’s car should enable you to enjoy driving every day of the year, on all roads and in all weather conditions. This is a true driver’s car for the real world.”

The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar will only be offered on four continents in a select group of countries including Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.

The first cars will leave the Volvo factory in June. For further information on the cars, visit

Fast Facts:

350 hp (DIN) @ 5,700 rpm
500 Nm @ 3,000 rpm
0-100 km/h 4.9 seconds
New twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo
Polestar Öhlins shocks
Polestar 2.5-inch stainless full-flow exhaust
Twin 3.5-inch tail pipes

Canadian Pricing:

2015 Volvo S60 Polestar: $64,895 CAD
2015 Volvo V60 Polestar: $66,895 CAD



Productive first V8 Supercars test for Volvo Polestar Racing

Volvo Polestar Racing got a productive first V8 Supercars test day at Sydney Motorsport where torrential rain was mixed with sunshine. Drivers Robert Dahlgren and Scott McLaughlin completed close to 200 laps without major issues with the brand new Volvo S60 Polestar V8 Supercar.
”We had a strong first test day. The conditions could not have been tougher with torrential rain and a drying track with a completely new car. For me there was a lot of new impressions, but I got in to it and it is just so much fun. I am proud over the work that Polestar has done with the engine and GRM with the car. I am very pleased with the first day,” said Dahlgren.

The day started with rain and the first half of the test was held in wet conditions. The second half saw a drying track and Dahlgren was 17th fastest, 1.8 seconds from the fastest time but just 87 hundredths of a second from reigning champion Jamie Whincup. Team mate McLaughlin was 19th fastest and completed most laps of all during the day.

”We had a solid day. The engine ran perfectly and to get that many miles is very good. There are of course many new things to adapt to and it is hard to say where we are pace-wise as we never ran the green tyres. But the feeling good ahead of the season start in two weeks,” said McLaughlin.

The goal for the team was to get as much mileage as possible as this was the first proper test for the newly completed cars. Dahlgren and McLaughlin completed 180 laps together during the test with just one technical issue.

”The power steering broke, but that was a quick fix by the team. Other than that it went really well, no trouble. We took it easy for the first part of the day and went full on for the second part. Both drivers were pleased with the drivability of the engine and things seemed to work well with the chassis also. It feels promising overall ahead of the season start,” said Mattias Evensson, head of engine development at Polestar.

The 2014 V8 Supercars season starts in two weeks with the street race Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
Watch a video from the test day in Sydney. 
Results Test Day – Sydney Motorsport Park

1 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1:30.4787
2 Todd Kelly Nissan Altima +0.6448
3 Rick Kelly Nissan Altima +0.6803
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore +1.0019
5 James Courtney Holden Commodore +1.1002
6 Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore +1.1038
7 Jason Bright Holden Commodore +1.3552
8 Michael Caruso Nissan Altima +1.4063
9 Dale Wood Holden Commodore +1.4073
10 James Moffat Nissan Altima 1.4299
11 Tim Slade Holden Commodore +1.5313
12 Nick Percat Holden Commodore +1.5485
13 Russell Ingall Holden Commodore +1.6292
14 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG +1.6307
15 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore +1.6952
16 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon +1.7773
17 Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 Polestar +1.7822
18 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon +1.8857
19 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 Polestar +1.9037
20 Garth Tander Holden Commmodore +1.9396
21 Jack Perkins Ford Falcon +2.0537
22 David Wall Ford Falcon +2.1027
23 David Reynolds Ford Falcon +2.2692
24 Scott Pye Ford Falcon +2.4133
25 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG +2.5558



Video: Volvo S60 Polestar V8 Supercar crossing Sydney Harbour Bridge

Volvo Polestar Racing's 650 HP Volvo S60 Polestar V8 Supercar was unveiled for the Australian press by driving with police escort over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Kiwi Scott McLaughlin, team mate to Robert Dahlgren, drove the race car on the streets of Sydney to the press conference.


"It is a once in a life time thing, driving your own race car over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Seriously cool thing, can’t thank Volvo, Polestar and GRM enough. I felt pretty important obviously with all the flashing lights around me, I am happy that they were in front of me and not behind chasing me," said McLaughlin with a smile.


Volvo, Polestar and GRM are headed to Sydney Motorsport Park where McLaughlin and Dahlgren are going to take part in the first official V8 Supercars test of 2014 on Saturday, February 15. They will face 23 drivers and teams from Ford, Holden, Nissan and Mercedes.


Watch the video from Sydney Harbour Bridge here. 



Volvo S60 V8 Supercar makes its debut in Sydney

Volvo Polestar Racing unveiled its 650 HP Volvo S60 that will debut in the 2014 V8 Supercars by driving it across the Sydney Harbour Bridge under police escort. “This is a significant day,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar. “Polestar has been Volvo Car Group’s global performance and motorsport partner since 1996, and has campaigned Volvos in the World Touring Car Championship, the European Touring Car Championship and, currently, the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. To that end, we’re looking forward to the challenge of the V8 Supercar Championship.”
Dahl was joined by Volvo Car Australia Managing Director Matt Braid, drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren and team principal Garry Rogers to present the race car to the media.

“This is an historic day in the history of Volvo Car Australia,” said Matt Braid. “As the first luxury car manufacturer to enter V8 Supercars with a factory team, we’re delighted to reveal our Volvo S60 race car to meet the challenge of the world’s toughest touring car series and strengthen the presence of the S60 model line – and Volvo brand – here in Australia.”

Utilising the resources of Volvo, Polestar and GRM, the Volvo Polestar Racing S60 V8 Supercar has been designed and built to V8 Supercars’ ‘Car of the Future’ regulations. These regulations include 18-inch wheels, transaxle gearbox and independent rear suspension (see specification details below).
"This is a race car like no other. It is really challenging, but fun, to drive. The power is insane, you need to treat it with respect. I am very much longing for the season start in Adelaide where I am going to face the biggest challenge of my racing career," said Dahlgren. 

Volvo Car Australia has a rich heritage of motorsport in Australia, dating back to the 1960s, and posting some notable milestones, including winning the 1986 Australian Touring Car Championship with Robbie Francevic in a Volvo 240T.

Last year marked the 15th anniversary of Volvo winning Australia’s most famous race, the Bathurst 1000 in 1998 with Jim Richards and Rickard Rydell in a Volvo S40.

Indeed, some of Australia’s greatest names in motorsport have tasted success with Volvo including John Bowe and Peter Brock.

Garry Rogers commented:

“For all the GRM staff it is incredibly satisfying to see the next step of all the hard work and energy they have put into designing and building the Volvo S60 V8 Supercar over the last 12 months.

“During this process, this same group of workers were also responsible for the preparation and running of our 2013 V8 Supercar Championship cars, so it makes me extremely proud to be surrounded by such a never-say- die group. We cannot wait to get on with the racing.”

With the first race at the Clipsal 500 fast approaching at the end of February, testing of the Valvoline Volvo S60 continues apace, with the official V8 Supercar test day taking place at Sydney Motorsport Park on 15 February.
Visit our media database for further pictures on the car.
Volvo S60 V8 Supercar technical information

Vehicle: Volvo S60
Engine: Modified Volvo B8444S (see below)
Transmission: Control Albins ST6 6 speed sequential Transaxle with integrated spool differential 
Front suspension: Double wishbone suspension, adjustable damper and cockpit adjustable front anti-roll bar
Rear suspension: Control independent rear suspension, adjustable damper; cockpit adjustable anti-roll bar AP Racing 6 piston caliper, 395mm ventilated discs
Brakes: AP Racing 4 piston caliper, 355mm ventilated discs
Wheels: Control Rimstock 18” x 11” forged aluminium
Tyres: Dunlop control tyre
Weight: 1410KG (includes driver)
Top speed: 298+ km/h
0-100 km/h: 3.2 seconds
Steering: Custom rack and pinion power assisted steering
Shocks: Öhlins TTX Dampers
Electronics: MoTec ECU and Data Logging System

Engine technical information

Block: Modified Volvo B8444S, 60 degree aluminium cylinder block 
Heads: Modified Volvo B8444S, aluminium
Bore x Stroke: 95.5 x 87.1
Capacity: 4989cc
Compression: 10:1
Power: 650bhp (estimated)
Max revs: 7500rpm
Induction: Naturally aspirated, eight throttle bodies
Fuel: E85
Liners: Cast in steel liners
Valve train: Double overhead camshafts, direct acting tappets
Ignition: Volvo B8444S coil on plug
Injection: Port injection, one injector per cylinder, injection pressure: 5.5 bar

2014 V8 Supercars Calendar

February 15 – V8 Supercars Test Day – Sydney Motorsport Park 
Feb 27-Mar 2 – Clipsal 500 Adelaide – Adelaide
Mar 13-16 – 2014 Formula 1 Australian GP – Albert Park
March 28-30 – Tasmania 400 – Symmons Plains Raceway
April 4-6 – Winton 400 – Winton Motor Raceway 
April 24-27 – ITM 500 Auckland – Pukekohe Park Raceway
May 16-18 – Perth 400 – Barbagallo Raceway 
June 20-22 – Skycity Triple Crown Darwin 500 – Hidden Valley Raceway
July 4-6 – Townsville 500 – Reid Park 
Aug 1-3 – Coates Hire Ipswich 400 – Queensland Raceway 
Aug 22-24 – Sydney Motorsport Park 400 – Sydney Motorsport Park 
Sept 12-14 – Wilson Security Sandown 500 – Sandown Raceway 
Oct 9-12 – Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – Mount Panorama 
Oct 24-26 – Armor All Gold Coast – 600 Surfers Paradise
Nov 14-16 – Phillip Island 400 – Phillip Island Circuit 
Dec 5-7 – Sydney 500 – Sydney Olympic Park



Hear the sound of the new 650 HP Volvo Polestar Racing V8 engine

With just three weeks left until the season start of the 2014 V8 Supercars, Volvo Polestar Racing reveal the engine sound of the new 650 HP V8 racing engine.
”We are looking forward to the coming season and we are delighted to give our fans and partners a first taste of what the engine will sound like,” said Mattias Evensson, head of engine development at Polestar.
Volvo are back on the Australian racing scene this year in V8 Supercars with two Volvo S60 cars for drivers Robert Dahlgren and Scott McLaughlin in team Volvo Polestar Racing. 

The Volvo B8444S engine features a unique setup with a 60 degree aluminum cylinder block. The setup does not only provide a unique engine sound but also a strong base for a racing engine.

”Just as for our road car engines, our main objective is drivability or ”power when you need it” as our racing drivers say. The challenges are many to get an optimal combination of power, reliability, fuel efficiency and drivability. There are no secrets to it though, it is all about hard work and designing it right. The Volvo engines are always very good to work with from the start and this one is certainly no exception,” said Evensson.

The first official outing of the new cars will be at the official V8 Supercars test day at Sydney Motorsport Park on February 15th. The first race weekend of 2014 takes place in Adelaide with the Clipsal 500 on March 1-2.

Technical Specification
Technical Specification
Power: 650 HP
Torque: 660 Nm 
Block: Modified Volvo B8444S, 60 degree aluminium cylinder block
Bore x Stroke: 95.5 x 87.1
Capacity: 4989cc
Compression Ratio: 10:1
Fuel: E85
Heads: Modified Volvo B8444S, aluminium
Ignition: Volvo B8444S coil on plug
Induction: Naturally aspirated, eight throttle bodies
Injection: Port injection, one injector per cylinder, injection pressure: 5.5 bar 
Liners: Cast in steel liners
Max revs: 7500rpm
Valve Train: Double overhead camshafts, direct acting tappets, chain drive



First video of the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar

Meet the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar, a driver’s car for real life.
”We have created a true driver’s car which is not limited only to a few specific driving conditions, but enjoyable on everything from your favourite winding roads to taking the family for a long journey, no matter summer or winter,” said Robert Dahlgren, Polestar racing and test driver.

The S60 and V60 Polestar will be produced in a limited run of 750 cars, set for Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA. The first cars will leave the Volvo factory in June.
Visit for further information.



The new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar makes US debut at Chicago Auto Show

The quickest factory Volvos ever makes US debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show this weekend.
The Volvo wagon is most definitely back in the U.S., and together with motorsport and performance partner Polestar, 2014 also welcomes the fastest factory Volvos to date: The V60 and S60 Polestar. The ultra-limited edition sports wagon and sedan – only 120 Polestar models will be available in the U.S. – carry on the excitement and racing-inspired heritage of Polestar concept car from 2013.

With a host of upgrades, from the chassis all the way through to the exterior, the latest from the Volvo and Polestar partnership represent the best automotive experience that Sweden has to offer. Both models will be on display in the U.S. for the very first time at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

"We are proud to present the V60 and S60 Polestar models. Both have been developed for those who share our passion at Polestar: That driving really matters and that a true driver's car should enable you to enjoy driving all year, on all roads and in all weather conditions. These are driver's cars for real life," said Christian Dahl, CEO of Polestar.

"It is very satisfying to see how Polestar has been able to combine this level of driving performance in their interpretation of the S60 and new V60, while upholding Volvo's original service program, class-leading safety features and certified fuel and emission ratings. Customers buying these cars will get the best from both Polestar and Volvo," said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales & Customer Service at Volvo Cars.

Performance For The Real World

Built around the standard V60 and S60, the Polestar editions combine the safety and comfort customers expect from Volvo with numerous adjustments and updates to numerous facets of the vehicles. The result is a wagon and sedan that are at home on any road in any condition, and that will undoubtedly enhance the everyday driving experience.

Starting with the chassis, upgrades include a more rigid structure overall, with new springs that are 80 percent stiffer than those available on the S60 R-Design. High-performance Öhlins shock absorbers and 20-inch Polestar-exclusive wheels round out the customized handling package. For greater stopping power, Polestar has included 14.6-inch ventilated front discs matched with six-piston Brembo calipers, and 11.8 inch ventilated discs at the rear. The exterior of the V60 and S60 Polestar – available in Black Sapphire or Rebel Blue – carry a number of aerodynamic elements borne directly out of Volvo's and Polestar's wind tunnel testing. New front and rear splitters increase overall down force and allow for more streamlined airflow, as do the new rear spoiler and diffuser.

Under the hood, the V60 and S60 Polestar feature Volvo's venerated turbocharged T6 six cylinder engine, complete with an all-new, twin-scroll turbo as well as a new intercooler. Tweaks to the engine management software have also been made, and the 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust with 3.5-inch tips, finish out the package. All told, the T6 produces 345 hp (SAE) at 5700 rpm, and 369 lbs.-feet of torque available at 2800 rpm. A six-speed automatic gearbox with a new paddle shift system and Polestar-developed, Haldex four-wheel drive system put the power to the road to carry the V60 and S60 Polestar to 62 mph from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds. Inside, upgraded seats, steering wheel, and other items throughout the cabin have been treated with new materials and Polestar-specific colors for an even more engaging feel for the driver and passengers.

The new Volvo V60 and S60 Polestar will be available at select U.S. dealers beginning in June 2014, with pricing to be announced in the coming months. To learn more and to find a dealer, please visit and

Technical Specifications

0-60 mph 4.9 sec
0-124 mph 17.7 sec
50-75 mph 4.7 sec
Top speed 155 mph – Electronically limited

Polestar Öhlins shock absorber system
Polestar bespoke rims, 20x8 inch ET53 with 245/35R20 tires

6-cylinder inline T6 engine, 2953 cc
345 hp (SAE) @ 5700 rpm
369 lbs.-feet @ 2800-4750 rpm
Max 6500 rpm
New twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo
New intercooler
Polestar 2.5 inch stainless full-flow exhaust system with twin 3.5 inch tail pipes

Same as standard S/V60 T6 R-Design

AWF21 automatic gearbox with paddle shift system
Polestar transmission calibration for faster gearshifts, launch control and curve-hold functionality
Polestar Haldex calibration for more rear torque dynamic distribution
Polestar calibrated stability control system

Front: Polestar/Brembo 6 piston brake calipers
14.6 inch (371x32 mm) ventilated and floating Brembo discs
Rear: 11.8 inch (302x22 mm) ventilated disc



Robert Dahlgren joins Volvo Polestar Racing for V8 Supercars

Robert Dahlgren is joining Volvo Polestar Racing for the 2014 V8 Supercars, becoming the first ever Swede to take part in a full season of the Australian championship.
“I am really happy to be joining Volvo Polestar Racing in V8 Supercars, it is a dream come true for me,” said Dahlgren.

“The V8 Supercars is a championship like no other in the world and one that every racing driver wants to race in. I will be facing experienced and fast drivers who know the championship and circuits inside out, but I am looking forward to the challenge – it’s definitely one of the biggest of my career.”

Dahlgren finished third in the 2013 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, in his 10th consecutive season as a factory driver for Volvo Polestar Racing. He joined Volvo at age of 24 after rising through the ranks of formula racing, winning the Swedish and Nordic Formula Ford Championships before moving to England and winning the intensely competitive British Formula Ford Championship in 2001.

The 34-year-old is an experienced driver with a solid background of developing road and racing cars for Volvo and Polestar. He was the development driver of the Volvo C30 1.6T S2000, which he successfully raced in the Swedish, Scandinavian and World Touring Car Championship from 2008 to 2011. Robert has also been a fundamental part in the development of the Volvo S60 Polestar road car, which made its debut in Australia last year.

”The Volvo S60 is a car Robert knows inside out, so we’re delighted he’s joining our racing programme,” said Matt Braid, Managing Director Volvo Car Australia.

“Robert’s experience and ability to develop a race car will be critical in our debut racing season, so we’re all looking forward to seeing what he – and Scott – can do with the Volvo S60 out on the track.”

Dahlgren is going to team up together with young Kiwi Scott McLaughlin, the 2013 V8 Supercars Rookie of the Year, driving Volvo Polestar Racing S60s this season.

”We are happy to have Robert join our Volvo Polestar Racing outfit in Australia. His experience of developing racing cars is vast, something that will be very useful in his and our first year in the very competitive and exciting V8 Supercars,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director of Volvo Cars.

The 2014 V8 Supercars season starts on March 2 with the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

Personal Details – Robert Dahlgren

Birthday: 1 December 1979
Born: Skellefteå, Sweden
Lives: Melbourne, Australia
Marital status: Married to Nina, children Tim and Molly

Career Details – Robert Dahlgren

2013 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship 3rd
2010 Swedish Touring Car Championship 2nd
2010 Scandinavian Touring Car Cup Champion
2007 Swedish Touring Car Championship 2nd
2004 Swedish Touring Car Championship 2nd
2001 Formula Ford UK Champion
2000 Formula Ford EUR 2nd
1998 Formula Ford SWE  Champion
1998 Formula Ford Nordic Champion



Volvo launches new Black R in Sweden to celebrate STCC title

Volvo Polestar Racing secured a double title in the 2013 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship with Thed Björk as drivers’ champion and Volvo as manufacturers’ champions. Volvo launches the new Black R package in Sweden to celebrate the double.
The launch of the new Black R comes a month after the announcement of the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar, two new performance models that share technology with the Black R cars.

”An exciting and successful year for Polestar has almost come to an end and we are really happy to celebrate it with Black R together with Volvo Sweden,” said Hans Bååth, Managing Director of Polestar Performance.
"The cooperation with Polestar provides us with an amazing opportunity to spice our existing models. We are launching Black R to celebrate our double victory in STCC," said Kristian Elvefors, Director of Sales at Volvo Cars Sweden.

The Black R package is available for the S60, V60 and XC60 models with T6 and D5 engines. The Polestar power optimisation is standard which means 329 hp for the T6 and 230 hp for the D5.

The package includes a number of exterior and interior features such as Ixion wheels, a lowered sports chassis, new sport seats with unique R-design leather, Sensus Connect and much more.

The package is only available in Sweden.



Volvo 2014 V8 Supercar engine makes its debut at Sydney 500

• Volvo Polestar Racing debuts its first ever V8 Supercar engine • Race engine developed by Polestar with support from the same Volvo engineering team behind upcoming Drive-E engines • Unique engine promises distinctive sound
Volvo has unveiled the engine that will power its two Volvo Polestar Racing S60s in the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship.
Volvo Car Australia Managing Director Matt Braid lifted the covers on the race engine, with Volvo Car Group Motorsport Technical Director Martin Persson and Commercial Director Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin in attendance.
“As the first luxury car manufacturer to field a factory team in the V8 Supercar Championship, we’re delighted to share this milestone moment with you and reveal our race engine for the 2014 V8 Supercar season,” said Matt Braid, Managing Director of Volvo Cars Australia.
“The race team at Polestar have worked hand-in-hand with the engineering team at Volvo Cars to design, build and develop a race engine in Gothenburg, Sweden, to compete in Australia’s premier motor racing category.”
The global resources of the Volvo Car Group and Polestar, Volvo’s performance and motorsport partner since 1996, are being fully utilised to facilitate the development of the Volvo Polestar Racing V8 Supercars in readiness for the 2014 season.
The Volvo B8444S 4.4-litre production V8 has been modified and built specifically for racing in the V8 Supercar Championship by Polestar – supported by the same people in Volvo Car Group who are behind the innovative four-cylinder Drive-E road car engines, which debut in Australia next year.
Thanks to its compact size and narrow 60 degree vee configuration, the B8444S is a truly unique engine on today’s racing grid. With this in mind, motorsport fans can expect to instantly recognise the Volvo Polestar Racing S60s in 2014 thanks to the engine’s distinctive soundtrack.
Christian Dahl, Managing Director of Polestar, said of the race engine: “We have completed a number of high-rev simulations and long-distance runs and we’re very happy with the figures and outcomes we’ve achieved. The next step is to fit the engine to the race car and continue the pre-season development timetable.”
Development of the race engine began back in May 2013. The first block was completed in late October and had its first run on the dyno in mid-November.
“So far, everything is on track with the race engine,” said Volvo Car Group Motorsport Technical Director Martin Persson.
“On paper, this race engine and the new Drive-E engines are quite different. But from an engineering perspective it is a very similar process, and that is to push your imagination and creativity to the limit within a specific set of targets.
“For instance, whether you are aiming for leading efficiency or the most powerful race engine ever to be heard in the Australian V8 Supercars Championship, you will strive to reduce weight, friction, heat and to maximise power.”
Further information about Volvo Polestar Racing will be released in due course.
Technical information
Block: Modified Volvo B8444S, 60 degree aluminium cylinder block
Heads: Modified Volvo B8444S, aluminium
Bore x Stroke: 95.5 x 87.1
Capacity: 4989cc
Compression Ratio: 10:1
Max revs: 7500rpm
Induction: Naturally aspirated, eight throttle bodies
Fuel: E85
Liners: Cast in steel liners
Valve Train: Double overhead camshafts, direct acting tappets, chain drive
Ignition: Volvo B8444S coil on plug
Injection: Port injection, one injector per cylinder, injection pressure: 5.5 bar 
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