For centuries, painters and professional photographers have adored the quality of daylight in the south of France, where tourist promoters promote 320 sunny days a year. Our go to covered three of few days ago, throughout which we had not one glimpse of the sky over Provence. Clouds extended horizon to horizon while fog and occasional rain blanketed the rocky hills outside of Marseille. But no matter. Amusing motorist’s roadways also cover this landscape, and our group of 2017 Volvo S60 Polestars danced over these, their Rebel Blue paint radiant like fallen spots of clear sky that had dropped through the cloud layers. Traffic around us included Morgans and Lancia Delta Integrales driven by race fans headed, like us, for the Paul Ricard race circuit. This very first weekend in April, Paul Ricard was hosting the season-opening race of the FIA’s 2016 World Touring Vehicle Championship (WTCC), in which Polestar’s brand-new two-car team was making its launching. No races in this “world” championship see The United States and Canada (the Western Hemisphere sees one round in Argentina), however Volvo’s factory-backed entry in the series will matter to that small cadre of enthusiasts who prefer Swedish-minded efficiency vehicles. They’ll likewise recognize Rebel Blue as the model-specific color offered because the special-edition S60 sedan and V60 wagon Polestar designs debuted for 2015. The 2017 design went on sale the day after the race; Volvo had not been so conceited about expect a win in the car’s first getaway on Sunday, but selling efficiency on Monday has entered into the Polestar objective. For its third year, the roadgoing S60 Polestar gets a heart transplant. It’s now powered by an uprated version of Volvo’s Drive-E four-cylinder engine instead of the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder, while an Aisin eight-speed replaces the former six-speed automatic transmission. Whereas the turbocharged six-cylinder was rated at 345 horse power at 5250 rpm, the 4 is both supercharged and turbocharged and extracts 362 horsepo …
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