The Swedish automaker has had a Nurburgring lap record under its belt – and it was kept a secret until it became superfluous, because someone else beat it with a better time, and those actually let the world know.
Nürburgring lap records seem to be highly fashionable these days, but it turns out there are those automakers that are too shy to brag about them – this is exactly what Volvo did, playing the Green Hell time attack game last year without letting anyone know. It turns out Cyan Racing stayed at the track last year after the FIA World Touring Car Championship round to see through a “secret test” how it can improve the road-going S60 Polestar thanks to its motorsport experience. During the process, Cyan Racing even decided to try its hand at the Nürburgring record for the fastest production car with four doors. The 73 corners were handled in 7 minutes, 51 seconds, and thus the Volvo S60 Polestar came with a record – but surprisingly the Swedish automaker didn’t let anyone know.
Today it’s too late – back in September 2016 the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio crowned itself as the four-door, road-legal production car king with a time of 7 minutes and 32 seconds, thus coming in 19 seconds faster than the S60. But the result is nevertheless impressive – consider the 2016 upgrade of the S60 still has a 367-hp four-cylinder gasoline engine, both supercharged and turbocharged. That’s opposed by the Alfa’s Ferrari-honed biturbo 2.9-liter V6 engine to pack 505 hp.