Can a Volvo model ever beat the German automakers in their own game? Well, the answer to that question really depends on which game you are referring to since die Deutsche brands have spread their wings in just about every niche there is.
So let's be more specific: can a performance orientated Volvo family car threaten two of Germany's finest and fastest mid-size sports models, the BMW M3 and the Audi RS4?
If we're talking about the Volvo S60 Polestar Performance sedan, it certainly has the brute force to do so. The only problem is that, for now, the S60 Polestar Performance is a one-off model that has yet to receive the green light for even a limited series production run.
Nevertheless, the Swedish edition of Automotorundsport magazine did us car fans a favor by bringing together the Volvo sports sedan that's motivated by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six good for 508hp, the 444hp (450PS) Audi RS4 Avant and the 414hp (420PS) BMW M3 Coupe to the Gothenburg City Arena.
And just for good measure, they called in three time winner of the Swedish Touring Car Championship Fredrik Ekblom to try out the cars on the track.
Be sure to check out the video that follows below the break.