Well, I have been waiting to write about this for over 18 months, and I have always believed it to be nothing more than a myth, until I was informed recently that this really does actually happen. Well, let me enlighten you on how I am told this ‘Gridlock dating ‘works.
Let’s say you are sitting in a very long queue on the M6 Motorway. You’re bored and you are thinking of things to occupy your mind. There is a very good looking man or woman sitting in a Mini next to you and quickly glance across to see if you can get their attention. Suddenly they glance across to look at you and you either get a very cheeky smile or you get and very good idea within a few seconds if you have hit the jackpot.
Now, I know this may seem quite bizarre, and I have not tried it myself, but I am told this is a very good way to waste away your time in our ever increasing motorway traffic jams. So, let’s say you get that cheeky smile and you want to play some more, but the traffic starts to move and you find yourself at least two cars behind the person you are trying to play with.
So, what happens next? It suddenly turns into not only a race, but a game of Cat and Mouse. You will find yourself doing whatever possible to get your car at the side of that person’s car and you will find yourself trying to work out how to do that with pinpoint accuracy and with such desperation just to see if it was really just a cheeky smile or something more. As I said, it really does turn into a game of Cat and Mouse, and of course the other person you are trying to catch up with knows what you are doing and will also try to make headway knowing that you are doing your best to catch them up. The game ends when one of you finally gives up on fighting against the traffic.
Ok, I know it’s not really dating and it’s probably just a bit of harmless fun, but is it at all possible that you could if you wanted to exchange numbers on a Motorway?
It was guy at work that recently told me that this was true as he explained in length what happened to him on the M40 a few weeks ago. He also informed me that he plays this sort of game with female drivers all the time now and the one recently on the M40 that he played this game with was for over twenty miles. Now, I know what you are all thinking. This is really just a bit of harmless fun, and I’m sure we all at some point in our lives have at least tried it once or twice. Maybe though it’s just a guy thing and women don’t play this sort of game…… Although, I beg to differ!
This brings me neatly on to this month’s review of the very boyish charms of the Volvo S60 Polestar. Now, I don’t want you all thinking ‘Polestar’ means it’s something to do with dancing ladies, because I’m afraid it’s not. What it does mean is it’s a very fast car indeed. Let me explain.
The Volvo S60 T6 R Design is in simple terms a very fast sports saloon; with the added boost of a dual-exhaust, mad colour scheme, boy racer body kit and, of course, an engine that produces over 300bhp to boot.
As with most Volvo’s, safety is paramount even when it’s in a car with more grunt for your money. The S60 Polestar is fitted with a 3.0 litre 6-speed automatic, and thanks to AWD, it will power you to the moon (0-60mph in real terms) in just under 6.0 seconds- making it a very nice little sprint machine indeed, which if I am honest is more than a match for certain cars already on the market.
On the road it’s a little bit controlled truth be told, due to the masses of computing power on board and with the AWD system, you never feel like you're losing control of this animal either, as it feels more like the S60 is teaching you how to handle it, which although is very reassuring, it does remove some of the connection between the driver and the road.
The S60 T6 also has an absurdly long list of safety features available depending on what model you choose. The S60 is fitted with advanced electronic controls to improve handling and driving experience. These include Corner Traction Control, which boosts agility by automatically braking the inner driven wheel as extra power is applied to the outer wheel. This ‘torque vectoring' improves turn-in to help reduce the cars understeer.
The S60 also has one of the world's most advanced stability control systems – the high-tech DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) - reduces the likelihood of skids. In addition to this, there is Volvo’s blind-spot information system that uses sensors mounted below each door mirror to detect vehicles creeping alongside the car. When a vehicle is detected, a warning light is displayed to alert you not to change lanes.
Cameras and radar sensors are also mounted towards the front of the car that scans the road ahead for traffic. If you happen to be closing in on an object - a car or building, for example - at a rate that suggests that a crash is immanent, the V60’s collision-detection system will give an audible beep and cast a red warning light onto the windscreen to inform you that you may be in danger of having a collision.
The on-board media system has also been given a similar level of treatment, with the S60 being iPhone 5 lighting cable compatible. Elsewhere there's a full Freeview TV system, DVD Player and a remote control if those in the back fancy some home comforts.
So, to sum up, the S60 Polestar is a stylish, fast and very well-equipped car. That’s the thing with a Volvo; they really do major on safety in their cars. Let's hope that the S60’s sleek styling also continues to find itself onto some of Volvo’s future models. Yes its competitors from BMW and Audi may well be faster, but what they don't give you is the feelings that while you have grown up; you haven’t grown up enough that you don’t like the sound of a car that can practically drive it and on top of that, makes a very loud noise indeed.
Model: Volvo S60 T6 AWD RDesign Polestar
Power: 304ps @ 5600rpm
Max Torque: 440Nm
Combined mpg: 28.5
0 – 60: 5.8 sec
Top Speed: 155 Mph
Transmission: 6 Speeds Auto
Price: £39,590 By Anthony Yates