Polestar Engineered upgrade to be offered on top-spec Volvo '60 series' T8 models
16 June, 2018, 02:24
There are, of course, some aesthetic upgrades.
Extra changes are largely cosmetic, the Polestar Engineered auto identified by a few gold highlights (that now the Polestar hallmark colour) inside and out, plus black chrome exhaust pipes.
Volvo Cars has announced the launch of its new upgraded electrified performance offer called Polestar Engineered, specifically developed for its new 60 SeriesT8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars. The XC60, for one, has an electric-only range of 18 miles, good enough for tooling around town or to work.
But it's not just a power boost, as the pack also increases performance through handling with upgraded Ohlins shock absorbers which, with the strut bar, were designed for the Polestar 1, the first vehicle to come entirely from Volvo's performance arm.
Power output from the T8 Twin Engine is increased from 390PS and 640Nm to 415PS, with 670Nm of torque.
Polestar Engineered debuts on the forthcoming new S60 saloon.
Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive at Volvo Cars, said: "Today starts a new era of Volvo electrified models enhanced by Polestar's performance engineering prowess".
Recall, Polestar is now a standalone brand so will no longer be building dedicated performance offerings for Volvo like the current S60 and V60 Polestar models. According to Volvo, however, this boost in power is "emissions-neutral", and the software upgrades help to improve overall fuel consumption.
We'll have to wait until next week to see the all-new South Carolina-built Volvo S60 in its entirety.
Polestar Engineered is the new confluence of Volvo and Polestar.
Chassis mods include Polestar Engineered multi-link front- and rear-suspensions, featuring Ohlins shocks with dual-flow valves that allow stiffened springs and shocks with no affect on ride quality.
Next year, "PE" V60 and XC60 versions will arrive, available in limited numbers. The adjustable shocks and stiffening strut bar are shared with the Polestar 1.
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