Polestar Edition Of Volvo XC60 T8 Optimised To 421 hp
SEP 3 2017 BY MARK KANE
Polestar has begun its shift to electrification with some power-train optimization for its flagship XC90, and now XC60 T8 plug-in hybrids – the most powerful Volvo models ever built.
Other power-train options for the XC60 (such as the T5, D5 and D4) also are offered with Polestar optimization, but only the Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered system has an output of 421 hp.
The main changes behind getting to that number is “improved engine performance (isn’t it always?) and gearbox functionality”.
It will be interesting to see what kind of tweaks Polestar will try in the future with the electrified part of the power-train (motors and batteries) once it has a little more time to get it’s feet wet.
“The Polestar optimisation improves five key areas of the powertrain while retaining the Volvo warranty, class-leading emission levels, fuel consumption of 2.1 l/100 km (134.5 mpg) and a pure electric range of up to 45 kilometres (28 miles) for the T8.
Experience from more than two decades on the track with Cyan Racing, the motorsport partner of Polestar, has transformed the engine performance, accelerator response, off-accelerator response, and gearshift speed and hold, taking the XC60 to a new level of driving pleasure.”
“Two key features of the optimisation are the improved engine performance and gearbox functionality. The enhancements for the engine are made to provide greater power and torque in the middle of the rev range, the area most often used in everyday driving, for example when joining a motorway or when overtaking or exiting a corner.
The gearbox shifts faster, gearshift points have been calibrated to utilise the optimised mid-range engine performance, and the gear-hold function maintains the same gear when cornering with high lateral g-force in order to avoid unsettling the balance of the car.”
Henrik Fries, Vice President, Research and Development at Polestar said:
“Our goal is to create useable performance in everyday driving situations for Volvo owners who want an enhanced driving experience. The new XC60 has provided us with an excellent base to work on with a dynamic chassis and a state-of-the-art powertrain. With the Polestar optimisation, it makes the new Volvo XC60 a true drivers’ car.”