By Denna Bowman
Bridgestone has announced that its ultra high-performance Potenza tyres have been chosen as factory fitment for the new 350-horsepower Volvo S60 Polestar.
It is the first production road car to be developed by Volvo’s Polestar Racing team and after extensive testing the Swedish car manufacturer selected Bridgestone’s Potenza in size 235/40 R19 96Y as original equipment.
A limited production run of the 4 wheel-drive Volvo S60 Polestar has been developed for the Australian market as a pilot project, with deliveries starting in late June 2013. Future introduction in other markets will depend on results from the Australian pilot.
The Potenza range has a proven record for driving precision, response and control on high-powered cars. Its asymmetric tread provides high level safety in wet and dry.
Edwin Van Der Stad, Director, Sales OE, Consumer Business Unit, Bridgestone Europe, said: “Bridgestone is excited to partner Polestar in this road car venture. The Potenza range complements the core values of Volvo and Polestar: safety and performance.”
Polestar was founded in 1996 in collaboration with Volvo in order to drive forward Volvo’s investment in racing. The core business of Polestar is focused on competition racing, which in turn helps in the development of Volvo cars. A Polestar Performance Power Optimization package is sold through Volvo dealers to drivers wishing to tune their Volvo cars.
The Japanese tyre manufacturer started supplying Volvo Car Corporation Europe with original equipment tyres last year.
Bridgestone announced in May 2012 that it was chosen to supply Turanza T001’s for the new Volvo V40 5-door hatchback and Dueler tyres for the Volvo XC60.