Volvo has announced a set of sporty performance parts for the plug-in hybrid T8 Twin Engine versions of the Volvo XC60, Volvo V60 and soon-to-be-released Volvo S60. Polestar – Volvo’s performance sister brand – has developed upgrades for suspension, brakes and engine management to make Volvo’s mid-sized cars competitive with harder-edged rivals. 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.
As standard, T8-powered 60-series Volvos have a 385bhp 2.0-litre petrol-electric powertrain; the Polestar Engineered pack will boost this to 409bhp. We’d expect the resulting performance figures in the Volvo V60 to be similar to those of its rivals – 0-62mph in under five seconds should be achievable. Official figures are yet to be released, but Volvo claims that its engine-management changes have improved fuel efficiency as well as performance.
On the handling front, Polestar has developed adjustable suspension and a front strut brace in conjunction with specialist Ohlins, both of which also feature on the forthcoming Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid coupe. Uprated brakes with gold-painted calipers have been developed with specialist Brembo, while two sizes of special lightweight alloy wheels will also feature.
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Other features include bespoke sports seats, gold seatbelts, dark chrome exhausts and a smattering of Polestar badges to the exterior.
Further details of the Polestar Engineered pack are expected to arrive when the Volvo S60 is unveiled at the official opening of Volvo’s factory in Charleston, South Carolina later in June. The new Volvo S60 will be made at the facility; the first Volvo ever to be made in America.