The 2015 Volvo S60 Polestar represents the culmination of the Swedish automaker's flirtations with performance car credibility. Although Volvo's history is littered with limited-production, scarcely-noticed go-fast variants such as the V70 R wagon and the 850 T-5R, the S60 Polestar sedan (and its V60 Polestar wagon sibling) are aimed squarely at the mainstream European car fan's sensibilities.
All of the necessary buzzwords are present and accounted for: a turbocharged engine, standard all-wheel drive, and the association with an (albeit obscure) competition heritage by way of the automaker's long-time motorsports partner, Polestar Performance. Taken together, the Volvo S60 Polestar impresses by pairing day-to-day comfort with startlingly quick acceleration and respectable dynamics. In a perfect world, this would be the model finally grants Volvo a place at the continental sport sedan table that has been crowded for so long by RS, AMG, and M-badged luminaries. In the real world, we may have to wait for the next-generation Polestar before such a chair is offered without reservation.