We all know about how Polestar is now an independent entity. While it’s still owned by Volvo, it has branched out and is now focusing on developing go-fast hybrid/electric cars. They even showcased the gorgeous Polestar 1 sports coupe.
But, that doesn’t mean Polestar won’t tinker with your everyday Volvos anymore. The two companies have announced the launch of the “Polestar Engineered” sub-brand. If you spot one of these badges on a Volvo in the recent future, remember - they’re the naughty ones.
Developed specifically for Volvo’s 60 Series T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars, this variant will debut with the all new S60 sedan. They will also be offered on the V60 estate and XC60 SUV from 2019, albeit in limited numbers. Polestar’s “engineering expertise” will trickle down into the wheels, brakes and ECU of the vehicles. So, you know this isn’t just about flashy wheels and dropped ride height.
The T8 Twin Engine is quite a hoot to begin with, with 400PS of power and 640Nm of torque on tap. But, with Polestar tuning, the numbers are up to 415PS and 670Nm. Polestar also claims an increased fuel economy and “emissions-neutral” performance and smoother shifts from the 8-speed automatic gearbox. Other mechanical changes include monoblock brake calipers and Ohlins shock absorbers. Polestar also points out that the strut bar and shocks are shared with the Polestar 1, which will star at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month.
Finally, the trademark Polestar blue has been given the boot. In its place are golden highlights you’d find on the brake callipers, suspension and seat belts. Subtler touches include “Polestar Engineered” inscriptions, Polestar emblems and black chrome exhaust pipes.
“All components have been fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting driver’s car,” says Henrik Green, senior-vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars. We believe you, Mr. Green. But why can’t it be blue!
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