A new special edition model joins the 2022 Volvo S60 lineup. Called the Black Edition, this variant goes on sale this spring will get a nice helping of black accents on the exterior. For the 2022 model year, Volvo says that it will make less than 450 units of the S60 Black Edition. It’ll be available in two exterior colors, Onyx Black Metallic and Crystal White Metallic.
You’ll be able to distinguish the 2022 Volvo S60 Black Edition thanks to its standard 19-inch alloy wheels finished in gloss black. Other changes include black window surrounds, black badges on the trunk, and darkened exhaust tips. The front gets black grille surrounds, and a black Volvo badge and grille stripe. The Black Edition was a passion project according to Volvo. It was developed by the Swedish brand’s U.S. design studio specifically for the U.S. market.
Eric Beak, Head of Design at Volvo Cars USA led the team’s efforts in developing and getting the special edition model approved in a short time. The S60 Black Edition was first envisioned in Jan. 2021 but was quickly given the go-ahead after visiting Volvo executives saw the car in the metal and quickly took a liking to it. As a result, the special edition was approved on the spot, skipping the usual steps and bringing it to consumers’ hands sooner.
The S60 Black Edition will be available in the T8 Recharge model, which is the plug-in hybrid. This couples a 2.0-liter turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder with an electric motor, an 11.6-kWh lithium-ion battery, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Combined, the system makes 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque in standard configuration or 415 hp and 494 lb-ft of torque in the Polestar Engineered models or if you get the factory-backed Polestar Performance Optimization kit. The latter also changes the programming on transmission, enabling it to shift quicker and become more responsive to the driver’s inputs.
In addition to the plug-in hybrid powertrain, the S60 Black Edition will also be available with the new 48-volt mild-hybrid setup on the Momentum and R-Design grades. This adds a starter generator with 13 hp and 30 lb-ft to help smoothen the engine’s power delivery and give you better takeoffs from a stop. This means you’ll get a boost from the starter generator for better acceleration. It also allows for regenerative braking, which stores the recaptured energy on the 48-volt lithium-ion battery. In the S60, the only version available is the B5, which is based on a 2.0-liter turbo-four paired to an eight-speed automatic. Power is rated at 248 hp and 258 lb-ft. There’s also the B6, which is standard in the S90 and V90 Cross Country, and optional on the XC60 but only on the R-Design and Inscription models. That uses the same 48-volt system as the B5 only this time it uses the turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter, upping the output to 295 hp and 310 lb-ft.
The 2022 Volvo S60 Black Edition starts at $40,995 for the B5 powertrain, representing a premium of $700. Adding AWD tacks on an extra $2,950 for the Momentum grade. On the S60 R-Design, the Black Edition package is more expensive costing $1,350 and raising the starting price to $44,645. Getting AWD raises the sticker price to $46,945, an increase of $2,300. The T8 Recharge plug-in hybrid variant is the most expensive version of the S60 Black Edition with a starting price of $53,045, a premium of $4,350.