2014 Volvo S60 V8 Supercar has rear-wheel drive, 485kW V8

Volvo is keen to spice up its image in Australia: first we were the trial market for the tuned-up S60/V60 Polestar range, and this year sees the Volvo S60 join the V8 Supercars fray.

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Volvo S60 V8 Supercar
Volvo S60 V8 Supercar


The Volvo S60 is the second car, after the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar, to ditch its front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive origins to go racing in the V8 Supercars series.

In fact, like the other entrants in the V8 Supercars series, the Volvo S60 V8 Supercar only bears a superficial likeness to its namesake. In this case, a greatly modified Volvo S60-style body sits atop a V8 Supercars Car of the Future-compliant chassis. The Car of the Future specs ensures that all competitors share a chassis of the same wheelbase including a common independent rear suspension, transaxle gearbox, and 18-inch wheels in slick racing rubber.

Each brand, though, uses its own V8 engine. In the Volvo’s case, under the hood is a 5-litre V8 based on the Volvo-designed, Yamaha-produced B8444S production engine used in both the XC90 and S80. While the 4.4-litre B8444S production engine generates 232kW of power and 440Nm of torque for all four wheels to handle, the upsized V8 Supercars version has around 485kW of power at its disposal.

Given that the Volvo S60 V8 Supercar only weighs around 1,410kg including the driver, the E85-drinking 5-litre V8 should see this not-for-the-road Volvo S60 do the 0 to 100km/h sprint in 3.2 seconds and hit top speeds in excess of 298km/h.

The Volvo S60 V8 Supercar is a collaboration between Volvo, Polestar and GRM (Garry Rogers Motorsport). The team is hoping to add to Volvo’s Australian racing history, which includes victory for Volvo S40 raced by Jim Richards and Rickard Rydell at the 1998 Bathurst 1000, and Robbie Francevic’s 1986 Australian Touring Car Championship in a Volvo 240T.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]