Volvo launches Polestar Engineered performance pack

Jun 16, 2018, 02:24
Volvo launches Polestar Engineered performance pack

Rather than offering all-out performance, the Polestar Engineered pack is likely to put the new S60 and V60 in contention with the Audi S4 and BMW 340i, with the XC60 taking on rivals like the BMW X3 M40i. The changes encompass upgrades to the suspension, brakes and engine management system.

Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson says the Swedish brand, and its performance arm Polestar, are firmly planted in the proliferation of electric vehicles. Volvo said that the software upgrades used to achieve this also unlock greater fuel economy and improved pure-electric performance, while smoothing out the eight-speed gearbox's operation through more effective torque fill. The offer reflects Volvo Cars' and Polestar's commitment to electrification.

Volvo says the Brembo mono-block brake callipers are cast in one piece and "optimised for rigidity", the brake pads boast "increased heat tolerance" and the brake discs feature a slotted design.

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

Premium Öhlins shock absorbers are added to the Polestar Engineered multi-link front and rear suspension, with a dual-flow valve for stiffening in the springs and dampers, without losing any comfort for the rider.

New lightweight alloys, Polestar emblems, black chrome exhausts, gold brake calipers and gold seatbelts have also been fitted to differentiate it from other S60s. It will also be offered on the new V60 and XC60 from 2019. As for the strut bar and adjustable shock absorber, the design is borrowed from the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid performance auto. "All components have been fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting drivers' auto".

The new Volvo S60 is due to be revealed shortly as Volvo completes its new 60 Series family, and for the first time in a long time it will be a Volvo without a diesel engine option.

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