So, it’s not wild and crazy, but it was definitely a uniquely Volvo take on performance.
Volvo has only sold road cars under the Polestar brand name for a few years now, but back in 1996 it offered something very similar, the 850 R. The original 850 R wasn’t a hardcore performance car out for BMW M5 blood, but like today’s V60 Polestar, it mated Volvo’s sensible qualities with some decent real-world performance.
MotorWeek’s John Davis praises the 850 R’s handling and straight-line performance, but criticizes its harsh, not-very-luxurious ride. You could say many of the same things about the current V60 Polestar.
Volvo has changed a lot in recent years, becoming one of the best luxury automakers in the world. But, as this old review shows, they haven’t strayed too far into uncharted territory.