The Polestar Engineered Volvo S60 T8 Will Be Extremely Rare in America

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

We’d like to apologize if our articles previewing the Volvo S60 T8 Polestar Engineered got you excited about the American-made model because you probably won’t get to lay your greasy little hands on one.

Volvo previously stated that the special sedans would only be available in extremely limited quantities. We assumed that meant the manufacturer would probably only build a couple hundred per year at most. As it turns out, that number was a gross overestimate. However, even if you are fortunate enough to have one in your garage, you still won’t be able to own it.

According to a report from Autoblog, Volvo has decided to limit the United States to just 20 examples of the Polestar Engineered S60 sedans. Ready for more bad news? The model will only be available through the Care by Volvo subscription service, so you can’t just buy one. Instead, you’ll have to put $1,100 a month down to effectively make the sport sedan your long-term rental.

While that’s roughly on par with financing a BMW M4, and Volvo does supply you with insurance and maintenance, you still get to own the M model when all is said and done. Volvo isn’t even giving you the option. The closest you can get is purchasing the S60 T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid for $54,400 and spray painting the calipers gold.

If the subscription mandate hasn’t soured you on the model, you’ll have to be quick if you want become its temporary caregiver. Orders begin June 28th at noon (Eastern) via the Care by Volvo app. With only 20 examples on offer, we expect them all to be spoken for rather quickly.

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Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • Jalop1991 Jalop1991 on Jun 27, 2018

    "While that’s roughly on par with financing a BMW M4, and Volvo does supply you with insurance and maintenance, you still get to own the M model when all is said and done." But in both cases, after spending $1100/month for 5 years, you absolutely do NOT WANT to keep and own the car. BMW makes you keep it. Volvo lets you get away with just handing them the keys back and walking away. Point, set, and match to Volvo.

  • LuvGermanCars LuvGermanCars on Jun 28, 2018

    Personally, I'm holding out for a 2020 V60 Inscription via European delivery. Hopefully, Volvo wakes up and offers more exciting exterior color options like Passion Red w/ City Blond City Weave Textile Upholstery.

  • Daniel J Daniel J on Jun 28, 2018

    Aren't S60s, in general, hard to find?

  • Seth1065 Seth1065 on Jun 28, 2018

    Perhaps DW is right so that is why he has volunteered to be the first recruit of the Donald's Space Force, of course our rockets and tech will only be 100% US made , and in truth we prefer made in the midwest , not sure we can trust the folks on the coast, they may be spies who voted for she who will not be named .