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A hot V40 could come with as much as 315bhp

V40 hatchback could join current S60 and V60 Polestar models and be powered by a new four-cylinder engine

by Jim Holder, 29 April 2015

Volvo is considering a high-performance Polestar version of its V40 hatchback to join the 346bhp V60 Polestar estate in its high-performance sub-brand.

Volvo UK boss Nick Connor said: “We would like to see more Polestars.” He added he “would like to see a V40 Polestar” in particular.

That he willingly suggested this implies there’s more than a passing chance of this model happening. The company’s performance division certainly needs more than one limited-edition model (125 V60 Polestars are UK-bound) if it’s to make a lasting impact.

Volvo has the powertrain hardware in the shape of the new 315bhp version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder Drive-E engine, as used in the new XC90.

That output would put a V40 Polestar on a par with the 296bhp Volkswagen Golf R, the 316bhp-plus Ford RS Focus, the 306bhp Honda Civic Type R and the 355bhp Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG.

The V40 is also available with four-wheel drive, a Haldex system used on the ultimate version of the Cross Country models.

Connor said: “We need to extend the offer, because [such models] are brand builders and a statement of our engineering prowess. But it has got to be done at a price people can afford. These kinds of cars are not cheap to engineer.

“I don’t think it’s a brand that can stretch across the entire range. An XC90 Polestar doesn’t make much sense to me, especially when we have a 400bhp plug-in hybrid on sale that delivers so much performance. Polestars should be specialist, unique, low volume and desirable.”

Connor also ruled out a return to the British Touring Car Championship for Volvo.

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