Polestar Engineered upgrade to be offered on top-spec Volvo ‘60 series’ T8 models

Performance offshoot to return to the Volvo brand as ‘Polestar Engineered’ – will debut on S60 T8

Volvo’s performance offshoot, Polestar, has announced a series of upgrades it will be offering on top-spec T8 versions of its upcoming S60 saloon. Under the tag of ‘Polestar Engineered’, Volvo will roll out the upgrades alongside its all-new S60 saloon next week, with the same elements appearing on the V60 and XC60 T8 models later in the year.

Building on the standard T8’s 394bhp combined power figure, Polestar’s very contemporary way of increasing power via upgraded software brings power up to an even more impressive total of 408bhp. The eight-speed automatic transmission has also been recalibrated to speed up changes and sharpen response.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

> Click here for more on the new Polestar 1

These lessons have been derived from the development work that the Swedish brand has done in preparation of the upcoming £135k Polestar 1 super-GT. Like that car, these high-spec ‘60 series’ models will incorporate Polestar’s new aesthetic trademarks, such as gold-painted brake calipers, Brembo monoblock units in this case. Also featured are adjustable Öhlins shock absorbers, paired with a new front strut brace, both shared with the Polestar 1.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Styling changes will be limited to a new set of lightweight alloy wheels and dark chrome details like rear exhaust outlets and trim around the grille. It is unclear whether these upgrades will filter to the extremities of Volvo’s range, but thanks to the shared modular nature of the 60 and 90 models, it’s reasonable to expect the same to be applied to the larger three models.

These upgrades will be shown in full when the production S60 saloon is revealed in the US next week. Volvo’s huge investment in research and development over the last few years has yielded some impressive products, but the effect has yet to really reach the sorts of performance variants we’re interested in most. But these new Polestar Engineered models are just the first step in Volvo one day finally rivalling brands such as BMW M and AMG, as full-fat Polestar models will likely hit even harder on the electrified sports car drum.

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/volvo/22379/volvo-commences-fitment-of-112mph-speed-limiter-on-2020-models
Volvo

Volvo introduces speed limiters

14 Apr 2020
Visit/volvo/21612/400bhp-polestar-engineered-volvo-models-priced-from-ps56105
Volvo

400bhp Polestar Engineered Volvo models priced from £56,105

21 Oct 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/lamborghini/202829/tecnomar-launches-4000hp-v12-lamborghini-yacht
Lamborghini

Tecnomar launches 4000hp V12 Lamborghini yacht

The V12-powered yacht is Tecnomar’s most capable offering yet, and takes inspiration from Lamborghini’s most recent models
30 Jun 2020
Visit/news/21596/ares-panther-progettouno-reborn-de-tomaso-pantera-hits-the-road
News

Ares Panther ProgettoUno – reborn De Tomaso Pantera hits the road

5.2-litre V10 and pop-up headlights for Dany Bahar’s reimagined supercar
9 Jul 2020
Visit/lamborghini/202866/lamborghini-sian-roadster-revealed-with-808bhp-electrified-v12
Lamborghini

Lamborghini Sián Roadster revealed with 808bhp electrified V12

The supercapacitor-equipped Lamborghini Sián has ditched its roof with a new roadster variant
8 Jul 2020
Visit/mercedes/amg-gt/201615/2021-mercedes-amg-gt-black-series-revealed-in-new-video
Mercedes AMG GT

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series revealed in new video

The long-awaited Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has been shown for the first time in an official video
9 Jul 2020