New Volvo police and performance chassis revealed


The new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are set for sale on four continents in 2014. The car is based on the latest generation Volvo S/V60 and marks the start of an extended Polestar production model range. Volvo says development work was carried out on a range of surfaces including twisty mountain roads, on the Autobahn and test tracks from the south of Europe to the frozen north of Sweden.

Upgrades include modifications to increase rigidity of the chassis to cater for the 80% stiffer springs relative to the standard S60 R-Design. These changes combined with the tailored, high-performance Öhlins shock absorbers and 20in Polestar wheels result in a precise, yet comfortable driving experience, according to Volvo.

Meanwhile, a new police car chassis designated the 2014 Volvo XC70 D5 AWD has been developed by Volvo in collaboration with the Swedish police force. The chassis features a new anti-roll bar, shock absorbers and springs.

“We realized a new chassis was necessary and we have been working on the development for almost a year,” said Ulf Rydne, business manager commercial vehicles at Volvo Car Special Vehicles and Accessories. “The weight of police cars is increasing, which requires a stable chassis, and we were approaching the limit. Police forces need a car that performs predictably and does not offer any surprises. That is why we develop our police cars in close cooperation with the Swedish police, who are involved throughout the product development phase,” added Rydne.

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