The 2016 Volvo S60 T6 AWD Polestar
Driving the Volvo S60 T6 AWD Polestar – When you agree to disagree
While the whole wide world is in a shakedown due to the recent dreadful racist remarks from the next wannabe US president about banning Muslims in the USA, made him the most derided personality for sure. Like a bullying kid would, there was no remorse either. Nothing could save him from earning the fierce public outburst from all sectors all over the world.
I was cocooned in a 2016 Volvo S60 Polestar and affirming myself for the better and brighter outcome as the whole wide world now awaits for the recourse to reset the whole situation back to its correct position. So Donald Trump is now mothballed as all the sensible agrees to disagree!
That squared cyan Polestar badge inside the illuminated gear knob signifies the intentions in this compact executive sedan. Almost just like the story of AMG and Mercedes Benz, Volvo took over the factory supported racing team and tuning company Polestar Performance and made it into a performance division of Volvo since July 2015.
Our tester, 2016 Volvo S60 T6 AWD Polestar is the product of the rally racing spirits experienced in cold and frozen climes of Scandinavia and warming up the heartbeats as I hear the delightful exhaust tone.
Signature Appearance – 8.0
This, 2016 Volvo S60 T6 AWD Polestar arrived in the signature outfit, done in Rebel Blue with contrasting shiny black trim to enhance aggressive appearance. The whole design affair is restraint and gives off a sleek and muscular impression from the Polestar appearance package. A sharp aerodynamic valance on the front bumper and a ducktail spoiler at the back with track-like air diffuser integrated into the rear bumper. Massive 20” lightweight Diamond Cut Polestar alloy wheel and the exposed Brembo brake calipers with dual shiny tailpipes complete the look. However, it was a surprise to know that there was a big sharply squared cyan colored Polestar badge affixed to the rear deck blended with the car’s Rebel blue paint making it nearly invisible.
As if the beauty is skin deep the cabin is elegant. With subtle layers of aluminum in combination with carbon fiber in the center console. The soft and supportive seats in unique upholstery in dark gray Nubuck/leather with blue contrasting stitching are the highlights of the Volvo S60 T6 AWD Polestar racy mood. I liked the rimless rearview mirror and a single big odd air vent in the middle of the console that serves the purpose well especially in the hot climates of the Middle East. The fit and finish of the materials are of premium quality. I found the occupants in the back had enjoyed their ride as there was enough room.
The instrument pod is modern with a motorbike like one big hooded circular dial that which can be programmed as per the driver’s desire. You can select the ambiance of your instrument pod from Elegance mood to ECO and then performance mood that will turn the LCD screen into red and a big rev counter with digital speedo to depict the sports mood. Note that it’s a just an extension of your mood, not a driving mode!
Performance Matters – 7.5
Unlike the German rivals, which usually appears in only the shades of gray, I for the first time having a hard time hiding my secret ambitious plan on the highway. S6 Polestar in Rebel Blue was more visible than anything else on the road. Police can easily detect any aggressive driving stance. They can pinpoint me easily that I am the only one on the road and the Germans can stealthily fly off.
Powered by Polestar-tuned 3.0l V6 Turbo, blowing out a commendable 350 bhp and 500 Nm of peak torque is enough to launch the car in 0-60 in 5.2 seconds, though Volvo claimed a 4.9 Second 0-60 time could be factual as they can do it in a better environment and off-course with a seasoned driver. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic which can be toggled into sports mode. And this became a point of argument. The quick sports transmission is there to hold the rev in the north zone. Yet, most bespoke sportscars like Polestar, say BMW’s M, Mercedes AMG, Audi’s S besides sports transmission also provides full suspension setup and steering tuning. Volvo S60 Polestar is devoid of such tuning Hence, as a result of the car behavior within the city limits is quite applaud-able. The Ohlin’s Sport Suspensions answered the S60 once-size-fits-all approach and provided a compliant and comfortable ride. I never felt the spike of pain in the back, however, once the car is stretched to the limits on the switchback roads, the lack of restricting the bounce rate and the present body roll doesn’t emanate the true sportscar like nature. A contradiction between the intention and the willingness. Having said that, I was impressed with the Brembo brakes all round (six calipers, upfront), provided assuring and confident stops without fade along with Haldex developed all-wheel drive system eliminates traces of slippage.
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Safety Vault – 8.5
It would be hard to imagine a Volvo without safety features. Sometime back in 2012 Volvo made a bold claim: Anders Eugensson, Volvo’s head of government affairs, told that “Our vision is that no one is killed or injured in a new Volvo by 2020.” 2020 is not that far and it’s just a matter of time when Volvo can stand by its zero tolerance on the human fatality. It comes with hosts of intelligent safety features like; Anti-Theft Alarm & Immobilizer, City Safety with Full Auto Brake including Driver Alert Control Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection. BLIS with Cross Traffic Alert High Beam Assistance Lane Departure Warning. ISO Fix Child Seat Attachments Road Sign Information Display Whiplash & Side Impact Protection.
Buyers Guide to the Galaxy – 7.5
I never got bored of driving the 2016 Volvo S60 T6 AWD Polestar. It clicked most of the boxes if not all. A superb 13 speaker Harmon Kardon sound system with Bluetooth mobile and WiFi connectivity and a Sensus satellite navigation. USB/ AUX slots, heated, if not cooled front seats and a park assist camera. Surprisingly, during my test drive period, I could hardly see another example of S60 on the road. Though, I was told during the briefing session that S60 Polestar is unique and a limited number is imported every month and the demand is constantly on the rise. So I am assuming most of the customers are still waiting to take the delivery of their desired Swede expression.
One of the biting points for me is the price tag. It leaves the showroom floor at AED 225000 from Al Futtaim Trading Enterprise. It’s a tall order for Volvo S60 T6 AWD Polestar. As a curveball comparison, a fully equipped Ford Mustang GT 5.0 is about AED 180000. If you do a proper research, AED 225000 provides a wide platform for decision making. However, it becomes a personal and emotional choice to agree to disagree the rest!
Image Credits: All photos are taken by Sami Siddiqui