[Video] Volvo S60, V60 Polestar increase power and decrease number of cylinders [gallery]

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The Swedish automaker has decided to feature an update of the S60 / V60 series in Polestar livery, with an upgrade of the power credentials and expanded market availability.

Volvo has decided to make a gift to Polestar fans by introducing the range of the S/V 60 series in new markets – the expanded availability grows from the previous 13 to 47 countries. Now that presented a demand problem for the automaker and as such they initiated another positive modification – increasing factory production by doubling the annual quota. The two performance versions will have a yearly cadence of 1,500 units instead of the previous 750 vehicles. And there’s even more good news, because as we said earlier the models also pack a feistier punch from now. That’s courtesy of an engineered planned engine swap – the 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that featured turbocharging and churned out 350 hp has now been axed in favor of a smaller four-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter Drive-E.

Those looking at it as a downgrade (though they have reason to do so, since no four banger will ever sound like a six one) should think twice – the new version comes with a larger turbo as opposed to the T6 and other modifications also included a larger air intake, new camshafts, and a higher capacity fuel pump. The upgrades have rendered a power level of 367 horsepower (270 kilowatts), a sound 17 hp (12.5 kW) jump. On the other hand torque did go down from 369 pound-feet (500 newton meters) to 347 lb-ft (470 Nm). The engine has been mated to a new eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission that has been optimized by Polestar and a BorgWarner all wheel drive system. The top speed has remained the same at an electronically-governed 155 mph (250 km/h) but the 62 mph (100 km/h) run is now handled 0.2s faster at 4.7 seconds.