The Sensible Swedes To Take On The Power-Crazed Germans
If you are after a power-packed, performance-oriented car, Volvo Cars is quite possibly the last name that strikes the mind. We’ve always maintained that Volvo has a knack of carving out their offerings with passenger safety of utmost importance. That said, it hasn’t stopped the sensible Swedes from trying to poke their way into the German-dominated world of power-packed everyday cars. It seems like Volvo wants to have a crack on its rivals in India as well. On April 14, 2017, Volvo Cars will launch the S60 Polestar in the country.
The term Polestar is to Volvo like AMG is to Mercedes and M-division is to BMW. The S60 Polestar takes the T6 fixtures and fittings and cranks it up a couple of notches. The 2.0-litre petrol motor with Polestar optimisation pumps out 367PS of power and 467Nm of torque, which is 61PS and 67Nm more than the standard T6 variant. To make the most of the available grunt, power is transmitted to the road via Volvo’s all-wheel-drive tech. The setup is enough for it to post an impressive 0-100kmph time of 4.7 seconds and sail all the way to an electronically limited top-speed of 250kmph.
Stay in no doubt that although the S60 Polestar is more about power, it hasn’t diverted its focus away from passenger safety. Apart from the general list of safety techs like airbags and ABS, the car comes loaded with sensors which reads the surroundings and applies brakes automatically if it detects any obstacles in its path. This feature works at speeds up to 50kmph.
Once launched, its list of rivals will include the Mercedes-AMG C 43, BMW M3 and the Audi S5 Sportback. Price-wise, the S60 Polestar is likely to hover around the Rs 60-65 lakh mark. Would you opt for the Volvo over its German counterparts?