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Old 14th April 2017, 16:02   #16
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If someone is interested, please book one ASAP. Only 30 units allocated for India. Going by this pricing, they'll be lapped up in April itself. This is insane power at an incredible price (for a CBU high performance car). The smaller & far less powerful C250D is priced about the same.
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Old 14th April 2017, 16:30   #17
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Default Re: 351 BHP Volvo S60 Polestar arrives in India. EDIT: Launched at 52.5 lakhs

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Now launched at INR 52.5L (Ex-showroom Delhi)

Ace pricing by Volvo, respect to them for this bold move
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52.5L ex delhi! Killer price for a sports sedan. Fingers are getting rather itchy.
Considering the car costs around 70,000 euros in Netherlands, Germany etc, that's just brilliant pricing, especially after being a CBU. And the polestar variant is normally a fully loaded trim, no further options to tick. I presume everything is carried forward for the car being launched here (perhaps exception on some radar based safety systems?).

Those mechanically adjustable Ohlin's dampers, Pilot Super Sport tyres, 371mm discs, aluminium 6-piston calipers, stonker but efficient engine - just drool stuff .
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Default Re: 351 BHP Volvo S60 Polestar arrives in India. EDIT: Launched at 52.5 lakhs

This one's hotter than anything else in its bracket (or the next). Clean lines, sharp design and has enough go and some more!

I'm particularly partial to the Polestar blue shade, so there's that


P.S. Goes without saying, if someone on here gets one, please (pretty puhleeezzzzz) click as many pics as you can for us mere mortals to drool at.

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Default Re: 351 BHP Volvo S60 Polestar arrives in India. EDIT: Launched at 52.5 lakhs

The one fly in the ointment is to change from Comfort to Sport or vice versa, it's no button pushing or turning here; you need to get of the car pop the Bonnet and jack the rear wheels and turn knobs on all four wheels to change the setting! :0:0

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The one fly in the ointment is to change from Comfort to Sport or vice versa, it's no button pushing or turning here; you need to get of the car pop the Bonnet and jack the rear wheels and turn knobs on all four wheels to change the setting! :0:0
Thanks for the info, but I'm sure that is one little fly I'll let sly, considering everything else.
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Incredible pricing. How I wish I had the money. Volvo should sell more cars. Shouldn't restrict to 30. It will surely improve their brand image. Hope to see ownership reviews by BHPans soon.
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The one fly in the ointment is to change from Comfort to Sport or vice versa, it's no button pushing or turning here; you need to get of the car pop the Bonnet and jack the rear wheels and turn knobs on all four wheels to change the setting! :0:0
Considering the objective of replacing the electronically adjustable suspension of the standard car only for the Polestar variant, I wouldn't consider it much of a fly.

Below is an excerpt regarding the Öhlins suspension when the initial production variant of S60 polestar (3.0L six cyl variant) came out. I presume the same suspension tech is carried forward with the new twin-charged 2L engine also.
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Both sedan and wagon start with the T6 R-Design trim as donor vehicles. Changes have been made throughout the car, but the heart of the matter – or better yet, the four legs of the matter – are the Eibach springs coiled around Öhlins dampers. The springs are 80-percent stiffer than the standard units, their fitment requiring additional stiffening of the bodyshell. That's done with a carbon-fiber-reinforced brace spanning the front shock towers, a slender piece of engineering so quietly integrated into the engine bay that it escaped our notice until someone pointed it out. Our American eyes were expecting a big ol' chunk of metal decorated with perfect welds and half-inch bolts because, well, America. But Polestar is not just a motorsports company, it's a Swedish one, which probably makes it four times more likely to not be flashy.

The Öhlins dampers are where the magic lives. Polestar told us that these two models are the first non-supercars to be fitted at the factory with Öhlins (the Lamborghini Aventador employs them), and the only car to use dampers with Öhlins' Dual-Flow Valve technology. Originally developed for racecars, a tiered valving system allows the damper to absorb big blows without letting the chassis get unsettled, as it might when a wheel hits a steep kerb at speed. The dual-flow bypass means that it has a second valve that works for rebound, so after the wheel gets beyond the bump, the damper gets it quickly down on the ground again. The capabilities mean Polestar can fit the stiffer springs and contain body roll while maintaining suppleness, and engineers told us they chose this set of purely mechanical dampers because they couldn't find any electrically controlled dampers capable of responding as well to really high-frequency bumps.
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The electronically adjustable suspension is available up to R-design AWD variant of regular S60 T6. Someone opting particularly for the Polestar variant (essentially for better performance, dynamics & driving experience) is unlikely to feel short-changed.

Having had the opportunity to drive the original S60-R extensively, which back in 2004 had a very trick Öhlins/Monroe semi-active suspension (better than its peers from Germany), I would tend to believe their current choice of mechanical system too.

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This is an awesome car at an honest price. I hope Volvo succeeds... they are trying hard. If I had not splurged on a beemer last year, this would be in my garage.

We had the good fortune to own a Volvo in the late 80's. It was built like a tank, supremely reliable, great fun to drive.

I hope that DNA is intact. All the very best Volvo!
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Kudos to Volvo for finally addressing that performance deficit present in most of their models, that too with technology rather than cc or cylinder count! The exquisite wheels just add to the desirability considering most global OEMs have relegated 'dowdy' wheel designs for India
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Default Re: 351 BHP Volvo S60 Polestar arrives in India. EDIT: Launched at 52.5 lakhs

Man, this is the spiritual super successor to Fiesta 1.6 S lol. (thanks to that blue shade)

Jokes aside, wow it's proper VFM. Wet dream for many, including me. Hats off to Volvo for bringing this. Respect.

Wish they had allocated more stocks for India so that few years down the line we could buy them second hand for dirt cheap easily.

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The Indian reviews have started coming in.

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After a few laps around Kari, it is clear that this is a seriously quick car. With launch control engaged, Volvo quotes a 4.7s 0-100kmph time which is impressive for a 1,756kg machine. Top speed is rated at 250kmph and we were regularly seeing upwards of 180kmph on Kari’s long straight. The interesting thing is how the performance is delivered, the supercharger offering a decent bottom end before the turbo takes over at about 4,000rpm. Power delivery is supremely linear with no significant spikes anywhere in the rev range. The engine revs up to 7,000rpm but the top end is a bit flat and it feels better to shift short of 6,500rpm. The 8-speed gearbox works well, but I found it a bit reluctant to downshift into heavy braking zones. Slotting the car into the secret Sport Plus mode makes the gearbox feel much crisper and it offers well-timed downshifts that assist hard braking. I suspect it would be a little too frenetic on the street, but this is the mode of choice for attacking the racetrack or a winding mountain road. Wrapping up the experience is a 3.0” stainless steel free-flowing exhaust system that produces a rorty soundtrack but stops short of being antisocial loud.

Ohlins makes some of the best-feeling suspension I have ever experienced on a motorcycle and the same applies here. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Polestar is not a rock hard, teeth-rattling monster but instead presents a genuine suppleness that can be mistaken for a soft chassis. Kari was at its bumpiest state in a long time, but the Polestar suspension simply swallows the bumps with a single, well-controlled movement. You can feel the suspension working hard at keeping the car stable and allowing you to carry high corner speeds.

Aiding the suspension is the conservatively set-up all-wheel-drive system. It can send up to 50 per cent power to the rear wheels and has a very neutral feel. On the limit, it’s more susceptible to push into understeer than snap sideways. This character makes the Polestar a very friendly to drive fast, but perhaps not the sharpest machine out there. Turn-in is sharp but if you ask for too much, the front wheels quickly start to protest. The fast way to drive this car is to focus on pointing the nose in the correct direction and then use the 367PS as quickly as possible via the leech-like AWD. A well-weighted steering wheel adds to the enjoyment and it offers a fair amount of feedback as well.

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What a machine! Normally desirability and rip-off go together, certainly not in the case of the S60 Polestar.

Or any new Volvo for that matter. I think they might even overtake BMW if this goes on like this. Well done Volvo!

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How many AWD cars do we get for this price ? Cool car thats loaded to the brim. The performance aspect is a huge differentiation. It looks much better than a BMW to me
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Kudos to Volvo India for finally getting something right! The pricing is excellent and if the OD magazine news is accurate, this will be the first car in India to have full blown radar features that were previously banned here. Would like to see how accurate the full stop radar system works in our environment
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What a car at what a price!! Kudos to Volvo - I have a Blue C250d which is shy of being 6 months old. The car with 204 BHP / 500 NM torque is a monster on highways, but show it the curves and it is *very* jittery - It rolls a lot, and steering says 'don't push me'. It is not bad in the straights.

I am seriously tempted to exchange the C250d for this one!
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Interestingly a Volvo S90 D4 Inscription costs 10-12k euros cheaper than a S60 Polestar in many EU markets (Eg: S90 D4 @60k euros vs S60 Polestar @73k euros in Netherlands). This could be related to taxation in EU which are significantly influenced by CO2 rating slabs. While most of us agree that the S90 pricing in India is of good value, the S60 polestar is a steal.

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Kudos to Volvo India for finally getting something right!
To be fair to Volvo, when it came to pricing, previous 3.0L S60 T6 AWD was also quite VFM. Another car which was priced in India at the same cost of the car in EU, despite being a CBU. Infact the car was cheaper in India than certain EU markets (again possibly due to CO2 rating based taxation).

IMHO, since 2011, the performance variants of S60 petrol have been the most VFM option in its segment.
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