Video: Calvin Chan
Published: December 20, 2016
Here is an exhaust montage of the new Polestar with Volvo's new Drive-E engine, a turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder delivering 367 hp. One aspect that the new four-pot does not replace however is the engine noise. The 2015 Polestar with the inline-six was soulful, bellicose, and there was something special (and ironic) about a performance wagon being built by an automaker known for making the safest cars on this planet.
But with two less cylinders and the same exhaust system, the soundtrack is tamer. The notes are thin, the beats are hollow, and there isn’t as much grunt as before. The whine from the supercharger is quite entertaining at first, though it gets annoying rather quickly.
Don’t get me wrong, the new 2017 Polestar still emits a wonderful noise, and flicking the gear lever into Sport mode opens the valves in the full-flow active exhaust system to create one hell of a ruckus. The exhaust burbles when shifting from first into second are especially entertaining as well.
We have to give Volvo props to making a four-cylinder sound this good, but it’s hard to give it full marks when we experienced what the inline-six can deliver. If we never drove the 2015 Polestar, we would have been head over heels for the noise but because we have, we’re yearning for it once more. Like they say, there really is no replacement for displacement.
Be that as it may, exhaust noise is only one tiny fish in a pond of goodies. Click here for the full review.
型号 Model: 2017 Volvo V60 Polestar
顏色 Paint Type: Rebel Blue
廠方建議售價 Base Price: $69,000
試車售價 Price as Tested: $69,000
軸距 Wheelbase(mm): 2,776
長闊 Length/Width/Height (mm): 4,635 / 1,864 / 1,483
車重 Curb weight (kg): 1,801
引擎 Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder
最大馬力 Horsepower: 367 hp @ 6,000 rpm
最高扭力 Torque: 347 lb-ft @ 3,100 - 5,100 rpm
波箱 Transmission: 8-speed automatic
擺佈 Engine & Drive Configuration: Front engine, Haldex AWD
油耗 Observed Fuel Consumption (L/100km): 12.2
輪胎尺碼 Tires: Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D; 19-inch