Another Look- 2015 Volvo V60 Polestar
A couple of months ago, we Road Tested Volvo’s hottest offering du jour, the S60 Polestar. We enjoyed the experience quite a bit but were left wanting somewhat. As good as the sedan was, we couldn’t help but wonder why anyone would choose it over its significantly better looking and more practical wagon stable mate you see here, the drool-worthy V60 Polestar.
We auto scribes have never been shy about professing a deep love for wagons, but it seems that these warm feelings are slowly permeating mainstream tastes- more and more manufacturers are coming around to the fact that some folks don’t need the sky-high ground clearance, frivolous weight and ghastly fuel economy of an SUV. Slap on some go-fast chassis bits, up the horsepower and slather it in Rebel Blue paint and instantly you’ve got a compelling choice in the premium wagon marketplace that is anything but crowded- other than the certifiably bonkers Mercedes Benz E63 wagon you aren’t going to be spoiled for choice. Although the ballistic German will trounce the Polestar in every measureable performance measuring stick, it still demands a soaring premium over Gothenburg’s finest.
We touched on the rarity of Polestar massaged Volvos previously and they still won’t build any more than the already scant production numbers forecasted. There’s an added dimension of urgency here if you’re thinking of pulling the trigger on one of these babies, because the Polestar features Volvo’s excellent 3.0 litre inline six, puffed up by a rich vein of torque that matches BMW’s E39 M5’s torque output of 369 lbs/ft. of torque. Volvo’s engine program is headed in a decidedly different direction of the hairy chested turbo six’s we’re used to- the new Drive-E lineup of powertrains will make their appearance across the lineup, and we’ll drive one and bring you the details as soon as we can. Displacing only two litres but making 250 horsepower (and beyond, depending on tune) the future will look bright even if it won’t sound as good- the raspy, dulcet tones of the big six will be sorely missed.
Volvo has been in the wagon game for almost as long as its very existence, and there have been some interesting versions over the years, most notably the insane 850R of the late 90’s. We’d be hard pressed to argue the fact that the Polestar is the zenith of all these models, a sort of special send-off to commemorate all the special models before it. If you haven’t ordered one yet, the chances of putting one in your driveway may be relegated to tireless searching on Carpages.ca to find a good preowned example. Act now, or Agera Nu, as they say in Sweden.
2015 Volvo V60 Polestar – Specifications
- Price as tested: $66,895
- Body Type: 4-door, 5-passenger wagon
- Powertrain Layout: Front engine/all-wheel drive
- Engine: 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 DOHC, 24 valves
- Horsepower: 345 @ 5,250 rpm
- Torque (lbs-ft): 369 @ 3,000 rpm
- Transmission: 6-speed automatic
- Curb weight: 1,860 kg (4,100 lbs)
- Observed fuel economy: 13.6L/100 km (17 mpg)