Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Volvo confirms 'Polestar Engineered' upgrade for new S60

Volvo confirms 'Polestar Engineered' upgrade for new S60

Polestar Engineered will be the name for high-performance Volvos going forward, starting with the 60 Series T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars.

The S60 T8 Twin Engine Polestar Engineered, as it is called, will sit above the regular T8 Twin Engine variant of the new S60, which is due for reveal next week but was leaked online last month.

Volvo says the package applies Polestar's "performance engineering expertise" to the vehicle's wheels, brakes, suspension and engine control unit.

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Volvo promises to add lighter wheels that give on-lookers a view of the gold-painted Brembo brake calipers.

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Volvo has launched Polestar Engineered: a performance package created to give a sporty edge to the Swedish brand's lineup, setting the likes of the Audi S4 and BMW 340i M Sport in its sights.

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The Polestar Engineered multi-link front and rear suspension incorporates premium Öhlins shock absorbers with a dual-flow valve that allows stiffening in the springs and dampeners while retaining comfort.

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 vehicle. The S60's strut bar and adjustable shock absorber design are shared with the Polestar 1 performance PHEV. The tweaks are also expected to improve refinement of the eight-speed automatic transmission and lower the fuel consumption. The aesthetic modifications will also include Polestar emblems, black chrome exhaust tips, and gold seat belts.

The other two will join the V60 and XC60 ranges in 2019 and kick-start Volvo's shift towards electrification, plans for which will see 25% of the brand's line-up using electrified power by 2025.

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Henrik Green, senior vice-president of research and development at Volvo, said that the parts have been "fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting driver's car".

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