Published on 01 Dec 2012 by Adriano
Swedish manufacturer Volvo is at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show to present the Volvo S60 Polestar Concept - the prototype of an ultra-sporting all-wheel drive sedan - and the colorful Volvo C30 T5: both cars in fact are being showcased in L.A. with a vivid light blue livery, and both of them hide a high performance turbocharged engine under the hood. Besides these two models, the latest generation of the Volvo XC60, S60 and C70 are also on display at the Volvo stall in California.
The Polestar Volvo S60 Concept is an international premiere: powered by the turbocharged in-line six T6 engine - credited with an output of 508 hp and 575 Nm of maximum torque - this sporty sedan accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed exceeding the 300 km/h (186 mph). Compared to the ‘normal’ Volvo S60 Polestar, the concept boasts lowered sports suspension provided by Swedish master Ohlins, a Haldex all-wheel drive system, new brakes and some upgrades for the frame.
The Volvo C30 T5 is already on the market with a 2.5-liter in-line five turbocharged unit capable of delivering up to 230 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque, all of which get grounded through the front axle only. Performances figures are indeed pretty impressive: the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) is covered in 6.7 seconds, with 240 km/h (150 mph) of top speed and an average fuel consumption of 8.7 liters per 100 km. However, the best-selling model of the Scandinavian brand in the US is the Volvo XC60, the big SUV which is much appreciated for its versatile and dynamic qualities and for the comfort offered by its cabin.