Volvo should not make this car. That the Swedish automaker, beloved for its traditionally boxy style and obsessive approach toward safety, is responsible for the V60 Polestar, a wagon not so much of the “light the blue touch paper and stand back” variety but more “douse the place with gasoline and torch it, while cackling like an unhinged Batman villain”, is equal parts oddity and triumph.
You may very well never have heard of Polestar. Until recently, it was a Swedish racing team and independent tuner, specializing in taking nearly-finished Volvos from the nearby production line and breathing akvavit into them, much in the way that Alpina fettles monstrously powerful BMWs.
In July 2015, though, Volvo sensibly acquired the tuning arm – and branding – of Polestar. The racing side is still independent, but those responsible for taking sensible sedans and wagons and coaxing far more power than you’d need for the school run or antiquing are now under Volvo’s own roof.
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