Many carmakers today have their own trusted performance division. For instance, BMW has their M Division, Mercedes-Benz has AMG, Audi has quattro GmbH and Jaguar has Special Operations.
Volvo is not entirely out of the game either, because they actually own tuning specialists and racing experts Polestar. Most performance arms supply technical expertise to produce high performance versions of regular road-going cars, so it makes sense to assume that Volvo and Polestar are up to something, right?
Remember the S90 Coupe Concept (pictured here) back in late 2013 which gave us a glimpse of how their flagship sedan would look like? Now imagine it in Polestar Blue (official paint name Rebel Blue) with flared wheel arches, slammed with huge 20-inch wheels with an engine belting over 400 hp. If we had it our way, of course we’d love a rear-wheel drive Volvo. But if it’s going to be based on Volvo’s SPA platform, it will most likely be all-wheel drive.
In 2010, Polestar conceptualised the C30 Polestar Performance Concept and threw in a largely modified straight-six (T6) engine. It made a good 450 hp and 510 Nm of torque, but in 2012 they further modified the engine to crank a whopping 508 hp! The result was a century sprint time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed in excess of 300 km/h! How fast was it, you ask? When put through its paces at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, its lap time was equal to that of an Audi R8.
We know Polestar is fully capable of pulling off another feat like this, so here’s to hoping that they’d consider the idea. But if you’re eager to get a head turning Volvo today, there are several units of the S90 and V90 T6 R-Design on sale, so snap em’ up before they’re gone!