Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Volvo launches Polestar Engineered performance pack

Volvo launches Polestar Engineered performance pack

"This strategy is firmly grounded in our shared belief in an electric future for the vehicle industry", said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO at Volvo Cars.

Volvo promises to add lighter wheels that give on-lookers a view of the gold-painted Brembo brake calipers.

The package will be applied to the T8 Twin Engine models - finding its way first onto the plug-in hybrid variant of the new S60, followed by the V60 and XC60.

We'll have to wait until next week to see the all-new South Carolina-built Volvo S60 in its entirety.

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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.

The Polestar package has a revised engine control unit, which bumps the output of the US-spec plug-in hybrid drivetrain to 309kW of power and 670Nm of torque. The ECU also recalibrates the eight-speed automatic transmission. But these new Polestar Engineered models are just the first step in Volvo one day finally rivalling brands such as BMW M and AMG, as full-fat Polestar models will likely hit even harder on the electrified sports vehicle drum. A slotted design in the brake discs and the brake pads improve heat tolerance. The S60's strut bar and adjustable shock absorber design are shared with the Polestar 1 performance PHEV. Seatbelt straps are gold, too, and the vehicle comes with Polestar emblems and black chrome exhaust pipes.

"The new S60 T8 Polestar Engineered is an electrified vehicle that does what you want it to", said Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars.

Henrik Green, senior vice-president of research and development at Volvo, said that the parts have been "fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting driver's car".

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