Volvo announces Polestar Engineering upgrades

Ruben Fields
June 14, 2018

Volvo Cars has announced that it has developed a new electrified performance package (dubbed "Polestar Engineered") for the upcoming 60 Series T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid derivatives.

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.

With its turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter inline-four and electric motor, the gasoline-electric hybrid S60 T8 will be made even more powerful in Polestar Engineered form thanks to a revised ECU.

The Polestar Engineered S60 gets Brembo mono-block brakes with six-piston calipers, cast in one piece and optimized for rigidity.

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Polestar Engineered is the new confluence of Volvo and Polestar.

Volvo will reveal the new S60 next week at its first United States manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina. The eight-speed automatic transmission has also been recalibrated to speed up changes and sharpen response.

Suspension tweaks include the addition of Öhlins shock absorbers with dual-flow valves, as well as the adoption of strut bar and adjustable shock absorber designs from the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid performance auto. Instead there will be upgrades offered under the Polestar Engineered label. Gold will replace light blue as Polestar's new hallmark color, the company notes. A slotted design in the brake discs and the brake pads improve heat tolerance. 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. Polestar emblems, black chrome exhaust pipes and gold seat belts round out the package's visual enhancements.

But Polestar Engineered isn't only about the powertrain. "All components have been fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting drivers' vehicle".

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