If you were bummed you missed out on snagging one of the 2019 Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered models last year, which sold out in under an hour because only 20 were offered in the U.S., then you’re in luck. Volvo has worked the same Polestar engineering into the 2020 Volvo XC60 and 2020 Volvo V60, so now’s your chance.
The new top-trim XC60 and V60 Polestar Engineered models get the twincharged (turbocharged and supercharged) four-cylinder gas engine combined with a battery back running down the middle of the car powering a rear-mounted electric motor.
Volvo claims it’s good for 415 horsepower and 494 lb-ft of torque. But it’s a plug-in hybrid, so if you want the extra juice, you need to remember to fill it up and plug it in for the full effect.
The two new models also get an Öhlins front strut bar, gold-painted six-piston brake calipers, bespoke lightweight forged wheels, a gloss black grille, extended wheel arches, and black chrome tailpipes. Some of that makes the car drive with more precision. Some of it just makes it look like it. Whatever, it all works.
Inside, the models get gold seat belts, aluminum panels, a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, and a charcoal color scheme.
Sadly, Volvo didn’t provide any interior shots, so here’s what the inside of the S60 Polestar Engineered looked like:
I loved the aesthetics of sitting in the 2019 Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered—I am a sucker for production colored seat belts, and Volvos are generally a nice place to spend time—but driving it felt just slightly off. Here’s what I wrote back in October:
But overall, the Polestar’s experience is disconnected. If I have 416 HP, I want it actively kicking me in the ass, even if it has to be in the “Dynamic” driving mode. I want to hear it. I want to feel the tension in the steering wheel, an energetic vibration in the go pedal. I want all the connecting points of the car—and my passengers—all stressing when I slam it. It’s missed in this car, where everything is a bit too sedated.
I was also told that the car really came alive closer to the limit, which I wasn’t exactly gunning for on the roads around Los Angeles at the time, so maybe there’s more to the car than I was able to eke out of it. (Eek out of it?) I came away much more smitten over the lower-trim R-Dynamic model, and I still feel that way.
But I’m also not going to complain about more high-powered Volvos on the road, especially when there’s a wagon involved. Volvo hasn’t revealed production numbers or pricing for either the XC60 or V60 Polestar Engineered models yet, but it did announce they’ll be available this summer, so we’ll find out soon enough.