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The 2019 Volvo S60 Sounds Like it Could Be A Real Sleeper

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Volvo today revealed the new S60 midsize sedan, and it seems like we might have a real sleeper on our hands. The top-of-the-line S60, the T8 hybrid, offers 400 hp from a turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder driving the front wheels plus an electric motor at the rear axle. And if that’s not enough, there’s a Polestar-Engineered version with 415 hp and a hefty 494 lb-ft of torque.

The 2019 Volvo S60

According to Automotive News, the S60 T8 Polestar Engineered will do 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds. That doesn’t make it an all-out BMW M3-fighter, but it does put this S60 on par with all-wheel drive sports sedans like the Audi S4 and Mercedes-AMG C43—which do 0-60 mph in 4.3 and 4.1 seconds, respectively, per Car and Driver—all while offering subtle good looks that’ll totally fly under the radar.

The Polestar upgrades don’t stop at engine tuning, either. The S60 T8 Polestar Engineered gets new dampers designed in partnership with Öhlins, big Brembo brakes behind 19-inch forged wheels, and a strut-tower brace under the hood. There’s also some styling upgrades inside and out to signify to those in the know that this is no ordinary Volvo.

Volvo will only bring the S60 T8 Polestar Engineered to the US in small numbers, and to start, it’ll only be available via the company’s Volvo Care car-subscription service. But the regular S60 T8 shouldn’t be too far behind in performance—Car and Driver saw 5.1 seconds to 60 mph in the heavier XC60 T8 with the same drivetrain. And we’re betting the all-wheel drive, non-hybrid 316-hp S60 T6 will be decently quick as well.

The S60 rides on the same platform that underpins the V60 wagon and XC60 crossover, a smaller version of the platform used in the full-size 90-series Volvos. It also shares all of the advanced safety tech offered across Volvo’s lineup. The interior looks much the same as it does in the V60 and XC60, which is to say that it’s probably very luxurious.

The S60 will also be the first Volvo to be built in the US. Volvo debuted the car today at its new plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina.

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