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Local pricing for the 2017 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar models have surfaced online this week, with the sporty mid-sized sedan and wagon twins starting at $89,990 and $92,990 before on-road costs respectively. This means the new Polestar models are a smidgen under $10,000 cheaper than the models they replace, despite offering more power and better performance, while commanding a $20,000 premium over the current T6 R-Design range topper ($69,990). Switching out the old model’s 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six for a twincharged (turbo and supercharged) 2.0-litre four, the S60 and V60 Polestars develop a healthy 270kW of power and 470Nm of torque – 13kW up but 30Nm short of their predecessors. Drive is sent to all four wheels via a Polestar-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission. The S60 Polestar sprints from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds, while the V60 Polestar manages to hit triple figures slightly slower at 4.8 seconds – 0.2 seconds quicker than the previous model. Claimed fuel consumption is rated at 7.8L/100km combined for the sedan and 8.1L/100km for the

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