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Volvo buys Polestar

Volvo C30 Polestar Concept Volvo S60 Polestar
Adam Schoeman

Volvo has purchased 100% of Polestar for an undisclosed amount. The transaction solidifies the implied relationship between the Swedish tuning house and the vehicle manufacturer, which has been gaining strength for years.

Ever since Polestar released the Volvo C30 Polestar Concept to commemorate its 2009 Swedish Touring Car Championship title, Volvo has become more and more entangled with the touring car tuning house.

Since then the two have collaborated on other projects such as the S60 Polestar which merged a brand new suspension set-up with a reworked 257 kW turbocharged straight-six engine.

 

Volvo S60 Polestar

Volvo S60 Polestar

Only 750 are made per year, split between the V60 estate and the S60 sedan so they are particularly rare to boot.

But Polestar is more than just a bunch of Swedes that like to paint their cars blue. They have a rap sheet that is as impressive as the AMG, M and RS teams.

At a time when BMW’s M3 was a 309 kW 4,0-litre V8 powerhouse, Polestar released the 336 kW turbocharged C30 with four-wheel drive. What’s more it had a 2,5-litre five-cylinder engine and could crush a 0-100km/h sprint in 4,2 seconds thanks to its 510 Nm of torque.

Then there was the S60 Polestar Concept (the predecessor to the production S60 Polestar) which took the T6 engine to 380 kW. It’s on record lapping the treacherous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on par with a V8-powered Audi R8.

We hope that with the brand integrated into Volvo, we’ll see Polestar really coming into its own right. We would like to see Volvo’s R-line takes over custodianship of the warmer vehicles, such as the 257 kW S60, freeing Polestar up to build that touring-road car that they have been teasing us with since 2009.

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