The Volvo S60 Polestar Concept was introduced in 2012, marking the second ever road car built by Polestar. The Polestar engineers created the S60 Polestar Concept utilising the technical study made on the S60 model for racing.

The main focus when developing the car was to combine a comfortable genuine Volvo driving experience with a high level of power and handling. The Volvo T6 engine was developed to deliver a considerable increase in power and torque, with substantial modifications being made, although with a majority of existing Volvo parts.

This, in combination with a lowered, widened and reinforced chassis together with a developed Haldex all-wheel drive system and Öhlins suspension makes the car suitable for both high performance driving and long distance travelling.

Robert Dahlgren, Volvo Polestar Racing development driver, comments the driving experience: “For me the Volvo S60 is a very well sorted car from start. In our concept car we have developed chassis, engine and transmission just like we want it, and the result is a huge leap forward in terms of handling and performance. It is, by far, the most impressive street Volvo I’ve ever driven. But the genuine Volvo feeling is still there.“

The car broke the lap record for four-door cars around legendary American track Laguna Seca in a test by Motor Trend, read more here.

Technical specification


0-100 km/h 3.9 seconds
Top speed more than 300 km/h


Volvo T6 inline six (B6304T4)
508 hp @ 6500rpm
575 Nm @ 5500rpm
Max rpm: 6800
Modified cylinder head and combustion chambers
Modified inlet manifold and air intake
Specially manufactured conrods
Garret 3171 turbo
Ferrita 3.5” stainless steel exhaust system


Reinforced M66C (close ratio) manual 6-speed gear box
Rear Haldex E-LSD
Haldex Generation Four AWD


Tyres 265/35R19
Rims Polestar 9,5X19”
Öhlins 3-way dampers
Reinforced anti-roll bar front and rear
Track width increased 20 mm front and 40 mm rear
Polestar EHPAS steering
Stabilising X-members, front and rear
Modified control-arms with uniballs front and rear
Reinforced bushings in subframe and control arms
Modified engine mounts


1640 kg
Optimised weight distribution


Front Polestar-Brembo 6 piston calipers
Front: 380 mm ventilated discs
Rear: 302 mm ventilated discs
Front brake cooling air intakes


Based on tests in the Volvo Cars wind-tunnel
New front splitter
New rear spoiler
Carbon fiber diffusor
20 mm widened front and rear body


Polestar designed seats with increased support
Alcantara on all functional areas steering wheel gear knob, and seats
Centre console lowered for optimised gear lever ergonomics