Polestar Engineered: Volvo takes on AMG and BMW's M-division

Donna Miller
June 14, 2018

Volvo Cars, the premium vehicle 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.

Volvo will introduce the next-generation S60 on June 20 during an event held at its new Charleston, South Carolina, factory. The facility will handle production for all S60s as the first Volvo model to be made in the US. It's a complete offer, applying Polestar's performance know-how to the car's wheels, brakes and suspension as well.

"Electric cars are our future", said Håkan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo.

Volvo has announced a new range-topping version of its upcoming S60 that will use high-performance Polestar parts and get a boosted electrified powertrain, as shown in new preview images. "This strategy is firmly grounded in our shared belief in an electric future for the auto industry". They're badged Polestar Engineered, and the S60 is the first to benefit from this treatment.

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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. Today starts a new era of Volvo electrified models enhanced by Polestar's performance engineering prowess. Like that auto, 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.

The Brembo mono-block brake callipers are cast in one piece and optimised for rigidity. Also featured are adjustable Öhlins shock absorbers, paired with a new front strut brace, both shared with the Polestar 1. The tweaks are also expected to improve refinement of the eight-speed automatic transmission and lower the fuel consumption.

With Polestar having recently split off into a separate premium brand focusing on electrification, it might seem odd to see the badge return to a "conventional" Volvo product.

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