Volvo will launch a new upgraded electrified performance offer called Polestar Engineered, targeted at the OEM’s new 60 Series T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars. The offer sees Polestar (Volvo’s electric performance arm) apply its expertise to the wheels, brakes, suspension and ECU.
“Electric cars are our future,” says Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. “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.”
In addition to the new S60, Polestar Engineered will be offered on the new V60 estate and XC60 from 2019.
As well as lightweight wheels and Brembo mono-block brake calipers, Polestar Engineered multi-link front and rear suspension incorporates an Ohlins shock absorber with a dual-flow valve that allows stiffening in the springs and dampeners. The strut bar and adjustable shock absorber design are shared with the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid. Fine-tuning of the ECU increases the S60 electrified T8 Twin Engine output to 421ps and 670Nm of torque. The software upgrades improve fuel consumption and emission-neutral performance.