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Usually I don't start with prices, but I want to with this car.

The conclusion is twofold. The S60 and V60 Polestar are expensive,

or really give your money's worth.

The S60 Polestar is 96,500 euros, the V60 Polestar is 3,000 euros extra.

That's the Dutch price. You Belgians get a friendlier one.

Before I continue, let's look at how this car came to be.

Imagine you have a race team and ask them to build a car.

Polestar wanted to build the ultimate road legal car. What are the requirements?

A brilliant chassis, plenty of hp, and practical in use.

The chassis is stiffer due to stiffer bearings, rubbers and stabilizers.

The springs are 80% stiffer compared to the normal Volvo V60 and S60.

If you've driven one, you know how stiff that is.

However, they used different shock absorbers; by Ohlins.

That's high-end stuff. Really good.

That means the handling is really good as well.

Regardless of the stiff chassis, it's comfortable.

An Ohlins shocks system is 5,000 - 7,000 euros.

The Brembo brakes are very large. Very large and work great.

Those are the brands for car enthusiasts.

A brake upgrade is the first step when going fast.

No one does that, but it's the first thing you should do.

The 3-liter straight-6 turbo engine wasn't left untouched.

It got a different turbo, intercooler and software, but not much extra hp.

A normal T6 has 300 hp, a T6 with Polestar chip has 324 hp.

You expect a lot of extra hp, but they didn't do that to keep good handling.

They wanted power in the middle range, so in total it got 345 hp

and 369 ft lb torque.

There's launch control, which you can use every time

to do 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds with the S60 Polestar.

The V60 is 1/10 slower, so 5.0 seconds.

The top speed is limited to 155 mph.

What they did well, is opening an exhaust valve in sport mode.

The straight-6 will make more noise than usual.

It's a really nice sound, just like you'd want to annoy the neighbors.

A cold start is awesome with its rumble. It feels racey.

They didn't finish there. The S60 and V60 have AWD.

A sporty driver wants more power on the rear wheels, e.g. with launch control.

With launch control it does get more power on the rear wheels,

but in sport mode as well. It'll be very neutral.

Then, the aerodynamics got an upgrade with splitters and spoilers.

They create downforce at higher speeds. All are sensible upgrades.

To explain the price: the S60 and V60 Polestar are full-option.

All safety features, heated front and rear seats,

special nubuck upholstery, blue stitching,

rear view camera, satnav with Internet, etc. Everything is there.

That's different from some other cars.

The comparable BMW 335i xDrive station is cheaper than a V60 Polestar.

The Audi S4 is cheaper as well.

The difference isn't that big when going full-option, though.

This is a limited edition. 750 units will be built.

50 go to the Netherlands.

The Autoblog buying tip:

if you're worried about spending 100,000 euros on a Volvo,

don't do it. Buy the Audi / BMW / Mercedes / Porsche / Lexus / whatever.

23 second-hand Citroen C1s is also a possibility.

You should, but if you really look at what you get, the price isn't so bad.

It's a lot of money, but you may discuss if it's expensive.

Subs - Maru

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