Volvo S60 Performance Project unveiled

Volvo S60 Performance Project - 4.7.2011
Volvo S60 Performance Project - 4.7.2011

Much ado about nothing

Volvo has teamed up with Polestar and Heico to create a one-off S60 dubbed the "Performance Project."

The unique model is based on the T6 R-Design and features a sport exhaust system and 19-inch Heico wheels with Pirelli tires.

Under the hood, Polestar installed a revised ECU which enables the turbocharged 3.0-liter engine to produce 325 hp (242 kW / 330 PS) and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque - an increase of 25 hp (18 kW / 25 PS) and 29 lb-ft (40 Nm). While this sounds impressive, it isn't.  Volvo has previously announced the 2012 S60 R-Design will have a revised inline-six with - surprise, surprise - 325 hp (242 kW / 330 PS) and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque.

Source: Volvo

Volvo Car Australia Unveils S60 Performance Project

Melbourne: Volvo Car Australia has pulled the wraps of a performance version of its S60 flagship sedan.

The S60 T6 already boasts excellent performance credentials in its class but the Swedish car maker has upped the ante by developing a new project, dubbed the S60 Performance Project.

The show car is based on the S60 T6 R Design. It is an Australian initiative and utilises two partnerships within the Volvo family - Polestar and Heico.

The engine software upgrade comes from Volvo's racing arm, Polestar. Power increases by 18kW to 242kW while torque is increased by 40Nm to 480Nm with up to 22 per cent gains in power and torque at various parts of the rev range.

The S60 Performance Project sits on unique 19-inch Heico wheels and the German tuning house has also provided an exhaust system to further accentuate the S60's great engine note. The Heico wheels are shod with Pirelli tyres.

Polestar was founded in 1996 in collaboration with Volvo in order to drive forward Volvo's investment in racing. Since then, Polestar has competed with the 850, S40, S60 and2 now the C30 Volvo models. The company's core business is focused on development and competition in racing.

Volvo and Heico also have a long standing partnership. It all began in 1989 with the grand opening of the Hedtke Volvo dealership in Weiterstadt, Germany. ``Volvo is not traditionally recognized for performance in Australia but that is changing,'' says Volvo Car Australia Managing Director Matt Braid.

``The S60 T6 already boasts excellent performance credentials and the S60 Performance Project takes that even further. With the extra power, torque and unique wheels and exhaust system the S60 Performance Project really is a very special edition S60.''

Like the R Design models the S60 Performance Project has been lowered by 15mm and features sports suspension that includes monotube damping at the rear, 15 per cent stiffer springs and the bushings that are 20 percent stiffer compared with the dynamic chassis in the regular S60 models.

Inside, the S60 Performance Project has the R Design interior which adds sports seats with firmer side bolstering, leather clad three spoke steering wheel, dials with blue surrounds and aluminium ridged pedals.

Volvo Car Australia is currently evaluating S60 Performance Project. Depending on customer demand there may be the option to build the S60 show car in limited numbers.

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dayday dayday
it looks much better in other colors, like white and black.
Jul 6th, 2011 2:44am
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honestly speaking, I have no problem with the headlamps or the rear, but its the sport body kit that i feel is a bit unappealing, bring down the "air intake." it'll make it a lil more pleasant.
Jul 5th, 2011 9:52pm
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I am amazed you guys all find this car attractive. It definitely has beautiful lines but its lights front and rear are just ugly and spoil the whole design. Sorry Volvo designers, you messed up an otherwise beautiful work. I like Volvos but not enough to like these lights.
Jul 5th, 2011 7:11am
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adottkiddy adottkiddy
325bhp is good considering the BMW 35i engines only produce 306bhp from its twin turbo unit, and thats a good engine from BMW too.
Jul 5th, 2011 2:14am
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miguelius miguelius
Since when, WCF, is 325 HP from a 3.0 turbo engine not impressive? Aren't we getting a bit jaded here? The car looks awesome and I'll bet it's a hoot to drive.
Jul 5th, 2011 12:13am
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Douglas6250 Douglas6250
Just the looks of this car would already be enough to tempt buyers to pay for it, and when they have bought it, it is unlikely that they have to worry about anything, because it's still a Volvo !!
Jul 4th, 2011 10:30pm
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It sure as hell is a looker and those quad exhaust, sweet
Jul 4th, 2011 8:56pm
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