Repost from Car and Driver.
All 20 of the 415-hp sedans slated for the U.S. were reserved in 39 minutes.
When we first learned about the new Volvo S60 last week, we were especially intrigued about the hybrid “Polestar Engineered” version. For the 2019 model year, Volvo will offer this 415-hp sedan exclusively through its Care by Volvo subscription program for $1100 a month, which will include 15,000 annual miles, service, maintenance, and insurance. Oh, and it’s only going to bring 20 of them to the U.S.
That means, statistically, you’ll have a greater chance of seeing a 2019 Ford GT than a 2019 S60 T8 Polestar Engineered. So if you spot a new S60 sporting a Polestar logo, know that you’re looking at one rare duck.
The old Polestar V60 and S60—which featured more extensive modifications than this 2019 Polestar Engineered car—came to the U.S. in limited numbers, too. Only a few hundred per year made their way to this country, starting in 2014. But this is a new level of scarcity for a Polestar-badged Volvo.
If that sounds appealing and you’d like to have a 2019 S60 T8 Polestar Engineered, sorry, but you’re now out of luck. Reservations were taken exclusively via the Care by Volvo app today, and all 20 were snapped up in just 39 minutes. The allure of having one of the rarest cars in the country proved quite strong, it seems.
Volvo then offered its next 200 S60 R-Design subscribers a free Polestar engine software upgrade, which improves throttle response and re-calibrates the output curve in the turb0- and supercharged four-cylinder’s midrange. It also affects the transmission, which will shift quicker and hold gears for longer.
The Polestar Engineered model’s rarity could decrease, though. A knowledgeable source tells us that Volvo will likely bring the S60 T8 Polestar Engineered to the U.S. in greater numbers after 2019, should demand warrant doing so. You might also be able to buy one outright then rather than using Volvo’s subscription service. Further, there will be a version based on the V60 wagon, too.
At this point, the only remaining option for a 2019-model-year S60 with serious power is the regular 400-hp T8 hybrid, which costs $55,395. You’ll have to forgo the Polestar Engineered version’s upgraded brakes, dampers, and strut bar, but you’ll still get a quick, stylish car.