Volvo’s performance arm, Polestar, has turned an XC60 sport utility vehicle into one of Volvo’s most power models ever, matching the XC90 T8.
Polestar accomplished the feat with the electrification of the XC60 powertrain, optimizing five key areas — engine performance, throttle response, off-throttle response, gearshift speed and hold — while retaining Volvo’s factory warranty.
It also elevates the vehicle with class leading emissions levels, fuel consumption of just 2.1-L/100 km, and electric-only range of 45 km.
“Our goal is to create usable performance in everyday driving situations for Volvo owners who want an enhanced driving experience,” said Henrik Fries, Vice President, Research and Development at Polestar. “The new XC60 has provided us with an excellent base to work on with a dynamic chassis and a state of the art powertrain. With the Polestar optimisation, it makes the new Volvo XC60 a true drivers’ car.”
The optimization is available on all XC60 models (T8, T6, T5, D5 and D4, though not all are available in all markets), with engine performance enhancements improving power and torque in the mid-range, where most everyday driving takes place. Although specs have not been finalized, the company has revealed that power in the T8 is up to 421 hp and torque in the D5 is up to 369 lb-ft.
Gearbox enhancements include a change in shift-points in order to take advantage of the increased mid-range power, and a gear-hold feature to hold onto a gear in the middle of a high-G corner in order to not upset the balance of the car.