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Old 12-10-2012, 11:52 AM   #1
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Default First drive review: Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design Polestar

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What is it?

The original S60 T6 AWD we drove back in 2010 was a car of two halves. The smooth ride, uncompromising interior quality and comfortable seating gave this saloon a major thumbs up, but the lack of performance and overall metal for the price was a definite sore point.
Volvo has at least tried to rectify one of those problems by offering customers a Polestar ECU upgrade. At £660 itís not cheap, but Volvo says tinkering with the carís internal software can increase horsepower from 304hp to 325hp and boost torque to 355lb ft.

What is it like?

Has it worked? In a word, no. Thereís certainly more power from the 3.0-litre six and more boost from the turbo but the whole car is still hampered by the gearbox.
Problems from the original model arenít addressed either: the steering still has very little feeling from the road and the low-speed ride is too firm.
There are good points, however, and as youíd expect from Volvo comfort is paramount. Fully adjustable leather seats and a multi-function steering wheel make the T6 a relaxing drive. Passengers enjoy excellent rear legroom, too, and the interior quality is unparalleled.
The upgrade doesnít affect emissions either, and on our test run we still averaged 27mpg.
For those moments when you want to make full use of the extra performance the gearbox can be neutered, too, and the sequential manual option is perfect for such an occasion.

Should I buy one?

Unfortunately, the T6 still feels out of place in the sporty saloon market and thanks to the Polestar upgrade the price falls well over the £40,000 mark. Considering that rivals such as the BMW 330d cost considerably less, and can offer roughly the same performance, I believe our original verdict remains valid. This is simply an S60 too far.
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Price £40,250; 0-62mph sub-6.0sec; Top speed 155mph; Economy 28.5mpg; (combined); CO2 231g/km; Kerb weight 1684kg; Engine 6 cyls in line, 2953cc, turbo, petrol; Power 325hp at 5400rpm; Torque 355lb ft at 3000-3600rpm; Gearbox 6-spd auto

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Old 12-11-2012, 07:43 AM   #2
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wow, they found a tiny fairy to test drive the car....



The R series has so much potential, they just haven't followed through. I think a C30R would have brought a new generation to Volvo.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:59 PM   #3
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I have a S60 with the polestar package and love it. I test drove the new 328 (comparable price) and the Volvo is just a better car to live with on a daily basis. Plus not having to deal with the local BMW dealers is a real plus.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:33 PM   #4
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wow, they found a tiny fairy to test drive the car....
no, that's what women living outside the states look like
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:48 PM   #5
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"Polestar" sounds like an award given to the best dancer at the gentleman's club. Not a good name for a tuning house...
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:10 PM   #6
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pretty sure you can't get it w a manual transmission...
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:06 AM   #7
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I saw a Jalopnik comment that summed it up pretty well for me the other day.

http://jalopnik.com/5966477/would-yo...n-s60-polestar

Would You Buy An S60 Polestar?

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There are several answers to this.

I don't have the money right now, so no.
If i had the money, i would chose other cars instead, so still no.
When it will be used, and in the bracket i would be able to afford, it will be a extremely costly to upkeep, so still no.

So you see in fact there is only one answer to this: it is a wonderful car, and i'm grateful it exists, but no thank you.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:35 AM   #8
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I saw a Jalopnik comment that summed it up pretty well for me the other day.

http://jalopnik.com/5966477/would-yo...n-s60-polestar

Would You Buy An S60 Polestar?
In the first 10k of my Subaru they had to replace an engine because of a misfire they couldn't figure out.

My volvos have always been dead reliable. The wife put 270k on her xx70 before we traded it in. No real big repairs. My s60 has been flawless.

And I could care less about a manual....I commute in DC traffic.
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