Eric's Autos: 2018 Volvo V60 Polestar
The thing that Volvo used to sell, safety, is something everyone sells now. Which is why it's smart for Volvo to start selling something else.
How about a high-performance compact wagon with a turbo and supercharged engine -- and almost 400 horsepower -- that can go from zero to 60 mph in just over four seconds?
P.S. It's perfectly safe, too.
What It Is
The V60 Polestar is a heavily modified limited-production version of Volvo's V60 wagon.
It comes standard with a unique turbo/supercharged engine, a sport-calibrated transmission and a heavy-duty all-wheel-drive system, as a well as a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes and numerous cosmetic/trim upgrades over the standard V60 wagon.
Base price is $61,600.
For 2018, the Polestar package includes an aero package that increases downforce at high speed by 30 percent. The package consists of side skirts, an air diffuser and a rear spoiler -- all made of real carbon fiber.
In addition, there are new glossy 20-inch black wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires and carbon-fiber end caps for the side mirrors, along with blue-contrast stitching for the interior.