Out with the six, in with a four: updated Volvo V60 Polestar revealed

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► Revised 2016 Volvo V60 Polestar revealed
► Turbo six replaced by compound-charged four
► Lighter, more efficient – and faster

Shock! It’s time to wave goodbye to Volvo’s turbocharged straight-six engine, as another fine powerplant falls prey to the ongoing trend of downsizing.

Yes, the revised 2016 Volvo V60 Polestar loses its six-in-a-row-makes-it-go motor; in it’s place you’ll now find a compound-charged four-cylinder boostathon. It’s just like the engine from a Lancia Delta S4 Stradale. Honest.

So the Volvo’s less powerful now, then?

No, despite losing a few cylinders. The new turbocharged, supercharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder Drive-E engine pumps out 362bhp at 6000rpm. The previous 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six produced a lower 346bhp at a less heady 5250rpm.

Displacement still seemingly rules on the torque front, though; the new four-cylinder punches out a still-mighty 347lb ft between 3100-5100rpm, whereas the six-cylinder could muster a higher 369lb ft between 3000-4750rpm.

However, the previous Polestar clocked the scales at 1834kg, whereas the new version weighs in at 1796kg. That 38kg cut further aids improvements on the performance front; the facelifted V60 Polestar’s 0-62mph time is 4.8sec compared to the 5.0sec of its predecessor.

Predictably, the swap to a four-pot has improved efficiency. Volvo claims 34.9mpg and 186g/km of CO2, compared to the previous car’s 27.7mpg and 237g/km of CO2. We’re guessing you won’t see that if you use the launch control all the time, though…

What else has changed?

Gone is the old six-speed automatic, replaced by a Polestar-tweaked eight-speed unit. That alone should help the V60 make better use of its turbocharged four-cylinder motor. The BorgWarner all-wheel-drive system has also been fettled and now sends more power to the rear, which can only be a good thing.

‘All changes made to the car are about improving drivability and efficiency,’ said Henrik Fries, Polestar’s vice president R&D.‘The base of the new engine carries motorsport technology, with solutions such as the combination of turbo and supercharger, lightweight materials and more. This works hand-in-hand with our core philosophy and has enabled us to evolve the Volvo V60 Polestar.’

Other upgrades include new 20in lightweight wheels, Polestar-calibrated electro-assisted power steering, a 3.0in stainless active exhaust system and new 317mm ventilated floating front discs, clamped by six-piston calipers. As always, the V60 Polestar also gets Öhlins shock absorbers, sports suspension, a front strut brace and a host of cosmetic and aerodynamic upgrades.

You’re not restricted to having a blue one, mind. Volvo offers black, silver or white as alternative colours for the V60 Polestar. Otherwise, the only other option is a sunroof.

How fast is it?

Considering it’s a 1796kg estate, very. Volvo quote the following facts and figures:

  • 0-60mph: 4.5sec
  • 0-62mph: 4.8sec
  • 0-120mph: 15.8sec
  • 0-124mph: 17.4sec
  • Top speed: 155mph (electronically limited)
  • Fuel consumption: 34.9mpg
  • Fuel tank size: 67.5 litres (14.85 gallons)
  • CO2 emissions: 186g/km
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