13.6.2018New Volvo S60 PHEV to get Polestar treatment
Volvo has launched a new performance package - called Polestar Engineered - that has been developed specifically for its 60-Series T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid models.
Announced a week before the unveiling of the new S60 saloon, the pack has been designed by Volvo's electric performance brand Polestar, which is also bringing its own model - the Polestar 1 - to market in the next year or so.
The Polestar Engineered pack upgrades a car's wheels, brakes, suspension, and engine control unit. It will debut on the S60 T8 Twin Engine, and will sit above R-Design models in the trim ladder.
The upgrades will be made available on the new V60 estate and XC60 SUV from next year, with elements such as gold-painted brake calipers, gold seatbelts, and black chrome exhausts, reflecting the link with Polestar - the brand's corporate colours.
New multi-link suspension front and rear will feature Öhlins shock absorbers, and a strut bar will be fitted too. Both have been developed for the Polestar 1. Engine tuning sees the S60 T8 Twin Engine's total output increased to 415 hp and 670 Nm of torque. That's the US-spec anyway, and improves the standard S60 T8 Twin Engine's figures of 400 hp and 640 Nm.
The software changes not only improve performance, but also efficiency. Fuel economy is improved upon, helped in part to the automatic transmission's gear selection.
Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO at Volvo Cars, said: "Electric cars are our future. Today starts a new era of Volvo electrified models enhanced by Polestar's performance engineering prowess. This strategy is firmly grounded in our shared belief in an electric future for the car industry."
Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars, commented: "The new S60 T8 Polestar Engineered is an electrified car that does what you want it to. All components have been fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting driver’s car."