Volvo S60 Polestar Concept Is A 500+ Horsepower LOLVO You Can Own

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You know in modern racing games where you can automatically spec up a car with random mods until it reaches some hilariously high horsepower number. Then you give it a wild paint job and hit the track. Enter the Volvo S60 Polestar Concept, which is exactly that but real. And something you can sort of buy.

From the same people who brought us the for-limited-production Polestar C30 comes a healthily modified version of Volvo's sedan.

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In this form the modified turbocharged straight six produces 508 horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque, an increase of a lot and a shit ton over the stock Volvo. That, plus the Haldex AWD system and Ohlins suspension makes this one brutish Swede.

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It'll jaunt to 62 mph in about 3.9 seconds on the way to a top speed above 186 mph. It is exactly what we've always wanted out of our Volvos and didn't even know it. A few of these upgrades are available and any Volvo dealer and can be applied to new or used cars (boosting power by about 25 horsepower/lb-ft of torque). Volvo's also offering the same shade of blue to American enthusiasts.

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You could also own the car pictured above if you had about $2 million and were, we've heard rumored, Jay Leno, who may have purchased the car. Volvo's thinking about putting a version of this car into limited production, though expect slightly less power.

One note: the company in 2012 making hot sedans with turbocharged inline-sixes is not BMW but Volvo. They also race these cars. Is Volvo the new BMW? Or am I just trolling the folks on the BMW forums?

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We'll be drooling over the car at the L.A. Auto Show.

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DISCUSSION

I'm assuming that when they say "reinforced standard 6-speed gearbox" they mean a manual 6-speed, which makes me so, so happy.

A little rant here, because I've gotten some shit about manual transmissions* here lately.

Look, I know people will harp on me for demanding a goddamn manual transmission, but seriously, if you don't get it, you don't get it.

I don't care that modern automatics are smooth, crisp-shifting wonders of technological innovation that will shift faster and smoother than I ever will. I. Do. Not. Care. Taking a train will also be smoother and more efficient and faster. Nothing, no marvel of engineering, no 8-speed paddle-shifted automatic wonder, will ever replace the feeling or the feedback of shifting your own gears with a stick.

"But supercars all have automatics!" you say. "If they don't need manuals, why do you??" And hey, maybe you're right. And maybe that's great for them, but you know what, I'll never know because I will never drive a Huayra or a Aventador or a CLK63 AMG Black. But for real people in the real world, who could maybe reasonably afford a Miata or a BR-Z or a used BMW, I simply don't see how you could buy one of those cars in an automatic. There are six, SIX, Audi S4s in my parking lot at work- every one of them an automatic. And that makes me sad, because those are six less reasons for Audi to continue even making the manual an option.

* If you just want a vehicle that takes you from point A to point B with your family and your groceries, then by all means, get an automatic. It makes more sense and no one, least of all me, will judge you. But if you're buying a performance car, I just don't see the excuse.