Volvo Cars, the premium car
maker, is launching a new upgraded electrified performance offer called
Polestar Engineered, specifically developed for its new 60 Series T8 Twin
Engine plug-in hybrid cars.
The announcement comes one
week before the company will reveal its new S60 premium sports sedan at the
inauguration of its first US manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina.
The plant is the sole production site for the new S60, which is the first Volvo
car made in the US.
Polestar Engineered, developed
by Volvo Cars’ electric performance arm Polestar, is a complete offer, applying
Polestar’s performance engineering expertise to the car’s wheels, brakes, suspension
and engine control unit. The offer reflects Volvo Cars’ and Polestar’s
commitment to electrification.
“Electric cars are our
future,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO at Volvo Cars. “Today starts
a new era of Volvo electrified models enhanced by Polestar’s performance
engineering prowess. This strategy is firmly grounded in our shared belief in
an electric future for the car industry.”
Polestar Engineered debuts on
the forthcoming new S60 premium sports sedan. The offer is exclusively
available on the top-of-the-line T8 Twin Engine and is positioned above Volvo’s
R Design versions.
Polestar Engineered will also
be offered on the new V60 estate and XC60 SUV from next year, available
globally in limited numbers via Volvo dealerships and Care by Volvo, the
company’s premium car subscription service.
New lightweight wheels have an
open design to show off the eye-catching golden-painted brake callipers, the
new hallmark colour for Polestar Engineered components. Polestar emblems, black
chrome exhaust pipes and golden seat belts also identify Volvo cars equipped
with Polestar Engineered.
The Brembo mono-block brake
callipers are cast in one piece and optimised for rigidity. The brake pads have
increased heat tolerance while the brake discs’ slotted design further improves
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. The strut bar and adjustable shock absorber
design are shared with the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid performance car.
Fine-tuning of the engine’s
control unit increases the S60 electrified T8 Twin Engine output to 415hp
combined, with 670Nm of torque – the standard T8 Twin Engine delivers 400hp (US
specification) and 640Nm combined. The software upgrades improve fuel
consumption and emissions-neutral performance, and refines the automatic gear
“The new S60 T8 Polestar
Engineered is an electrified car that does what you want it to,” said Henrik
Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars. “All
components have been fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and
exciting driver’s car,” he stated.
Source: Volvo Cars
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