Don’t rub your eyes, check your glasses, or think we’re nuts. The horsepower number in the title is not a typo, but an actual estimated figure. And yes, the car company announcing this news is Volvo; the same Volvo that is better known for its boxy wagons and safety innovations.
So where does the 600 horsepower come in?
Recently, Volvo R&D Senior Vice President, Dr. Peter Mertens confirmed to Motor Trend that Polestar versions of the flagship S90 sedan and V90 wagon will indeed be built.
As of this writing, Volvo Cars has yet to confirm the availability of these two Swedish hot rods in America, but Mertens says he would like to see them being sold in the U.S.
With a hybrid powertrain, the S90 and V90 Polestar models could produce up to 600 combined horsepower. Mertens says Volvo’s 2.0 L four-cylinder engine can be tuned to deliver close to 450 horsepower using a supercharger and two electrically augmented turbochargers. The T8 plug-in hybrid uses an 87 horsepower electric motor to drive the rear wheels in the S90 and V90, and it could be replaced with a more powerful unit to meet Polestar’s requirements.
With an estimated 600 horsepower, the Volvo S90 and V90 Polestar models will have 200 more horsepower than the T8 hybrid models. This amount of horsepower should easily enable the two Polestar models to compete with the Audi RS, BMW M, and Mercedes-Benz AMG models – who all use twin-turbocharged V8 engines to achieve similar power output ratings.
With that being said, I cannot wait to get behind the wheel of the Volvo S90 and V90 Polestar models!
*Rahul Raman is the Founder of CARS 360 Mke, an automotive news outlet. He is a regular contributor to Automoblog and the author of our First Look series.
Images & Source: Volvo / Motor Trend