Down­sizes

NZ Autocar - - Fyi -

the sedan falls to 7.8L/100km over­all, and to 8.1L/100km for the wagon.

Like the S60 ver­sion we tested last year, the new Polestar uses a BorgWarner four-wheel drive sys­tem but now the power is pro­cessed by an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The wheels are again 20-inches in di­am­e­ter with 245/35 Miche­lin Pi­lot Sport rub­ber and the brak­ing depart­ment has re­cruited six-pis­ton Brembo calipers bit­ing into 371mm discs up front.

As be­fore, Öh­lins dampers and stiffer springs, a car­bon fi­bre strut tower brace, elec­tric power steer­ing, an aero kit, and firmer bushes are all stan­dard fare.

Sports seats in black nubuck leather and car­bon fi­bre trim mark out the in­te­rior.

Hot Volvos are in de­mand, Polestar sell­ing into 47 coun­tries, up from the orig­i­nal 13, and pro­duc­tion dou­bling from 750 ve­hi­cles per an­num to meet de­mand.

Volvo NZ says the new S60 and V60 Polestar mod­els will ar­rive to­wards the end of the year and will cost much the same as the 3.0 vari­ants (which started at $96k).

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