Is this the Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered T8?

Published: 14 June 2018

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Yesterday Volvo unveiled Polestar Engineered, a new performance package soon available on its 60 series hybrid cars. The Swedish manufacturer said we’d be seeing Polestar Engineered V60 and XC60 cars next year – but we may have already spied the former out on test. 

Just a few days ago, we reported on a Volvo V60 with large, five-piston brake calipers and unusual alloy wheels – and the brakes match up to what we’ve already seen of the new S60 Polestar Engineered T8. Take away the gold, and they appear to be the same.

While it’s possible that this could still be an even hotter version of the Volvo V60, we think you’re looking at the forthcoming V60 Polestar Engineered T8. Keep reading for our original coverage of the performance V60.

V60 Polestar Engineered: what we know 

Over the past few years, Volvo has developed a unique styling language that sets itself apart from its German competitors – and the V60 is arguably the culmination of that work. An estate – as you’d expect – the V60 looks purposeful but also sharp and sporty. To these eyes it’s one of the best-looking estates you can buy, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo wagon included.

We’ve always thought the V60’s sharp lines gave it the look of an aggressive C63S style wagon, and now our photographers may have captured exactly that; CAR’s snappers have captured a performance version of the V60 testing.

Although the car is camouflaged and there doesn’t seem to be many bodywork changed over the existing model, it’s likely the car is a development mule. What we can see are big vented discs on each wheel, and beefy five-piston calipers, hinting at the performance deployed under the bonnet.

Read more about the standard V60 here

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast