Sunday, July 10, 2011

2011 Volvo S60 Performance Project

 The show car is based on the S60 T6 R Design. It is an Australian initiative and utilises two partnerships within the Volvo family – Polestar and Heico. The engine software upgrade comes from Volvo’s racing arm, Polestar. Power increases by 18kW to 242kW while torque is increased by 40Nm to 480Nm with up to 22 per cent gains in power and torque at various parts of the rev range.

The S60 Performance Project sits on unique 19-inch Heico wheels and the German tuning house has also provided an exhaust system to further accentuate the S60’s great engine note. The Heico wheels are shod with Pirelli tyres.
Like the R Design models the S60 Performance Project has been lowered by 15mm and features sports suspension that includes monotube damping at the rear, 15 per cent stiffer springs and the bushings that are 20 percent stiffer compared with the dynamic chassis in the regular S60 models.
Inside, the S60 Performance Project has the R Design interior which adds sports seats with firmer side bolstering, leather clad three spoke steering wheel, dials with blue surrounds and aluminium ridged pedals.
Volvo Car Australia is currently evaluating S60 Performance Project. Depending on customer demand there may be the option to build the S60 show car in limited numbers.