Volvo launches Polestar Engineered performance pack

2019 Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered Announced With More Power

Volvo launches Polestar Engineered performance pack

Volvo has enlisted the help of its electric performance auto division Polestar to give its 60 series hybrid T8 cars a bit of a boost.

The difference here is that Polestar is focused on "electrification" and the first of the new-generation "Polestar Engineered" products will be the T8 version of the third-generation S60 sedan that's due to be revealed in a week from now.

Fine-tuning of the engine's control unit increases the S60 electrified T8 Twin Engine output to 415hp* combined, with 670Nm of torque - the standard T8 Twin Engine delivers 400hp* and 640Nm combined.

The announcement comes one week before the company will reveal its new S60 premium sports sedan at the inauguration of its first USA manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina. But don't forget, Polestar isn't a new thing - prior to its spinoff as a standalone brand, the Swedish tuning arm has been responsible for some of the most entertaining Volvo cars to date. The changes encompass upgrades to the suspension, brakes and engine management system. A new strut bar and the adjustable shock absorber design are brought over from the larger Polestar 1 coupe.

The Polestar Engineered packages transforms wheels, brakes, suspension and the car's engine ECU. The tweaks are also expected to improve refinement of the eight-speed automatic transmission and lower the fuel consumption.

As with recent fast Volvos, the S60 T8 will receive Ohlins dampers - in this case the very fancy DFV items - using a design that's shared with the Polestar 1.

The upgrade will include new lightweight alloys framing gold-painted brake callipers, with that hue set to become the new signature colour for Polestar Engineered components. "All components have been fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting drivers' vehicle".

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