Volvo is launching an upgraded electrified performance offering called Polestar Engineered, specifically developed for the new 60 Series T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. Polestar Engineered components include the wheels, brakes, suspension, and engine control unit.
The move is meant to further underscore Volvo and Polestar’s commitment to electrification.
“Electric cars are our future,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO, 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.”
Braking & Suspension
Polestar Engineered vehicles can be spotted by their gold, six-piston brake callipers, the signature color of Polestar Engineered components. The Brembo mono-block six-piston brake callipers are cast as a single piece and optimized for rigidity, according to the automaker. The pads have increased heat tolerance while the slotted design of the discs dissipate heat.
The Polestar Engineered multi-link front and rear suspension features Öhlins shock absorbers with dual-flow valves; the strut bar and adjustable shock absorber design are shared with the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid.
Power & Performance
The Polestar Engineered S60 electrified T8 Twin Engine gets a jump to 415 horsepower and 494 lb-ft. of torque combined. By comparison, the standard T8 Twin Engine delivers 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft. of torque combined.
The software updates also reduce fuel consumption and emissions output.
“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, Volvo Cars. “All components have been fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting driver’s car.”
Pricing & Availability
The Polestar Engineered treatments will debut on the forthcoming S60, and will be available for the T8 Twin Engine variant, positioned just above the R-Design. Polestar Engineered components will also be offered on the new V60 and XC60 starting next year, although the automaker expects limited availability.
As it stands, only 20 S60 T8 Polestar Engineered sedans will be allotted for the United States market. Those 20 will be available for subscription beginning June 28th after 12 noon Eastern, through the Care by Volvo app.
Customers choose their S60 T8 Polestar Engineered in the app and make all-inclusive, monthly payments that cover insurance, service, and maintenance. The all-inclusive pricing of the S60 T8 Polestar Engineered is $1,100 per month before local taxes and registration fees.
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Photos & Source: Volvo Car Group.