Looking ahead, Volvo will release Polestar Engineered versions of the V60 and the XC60. "This strategy is firmly grounded in our shared belief in an electric future for the auto industry". In addition, Brembo brake calipers are now fitted, the pads are upgraded and the wheels are lighter.
Given Polestar's focus on electric performance, the first Polestar Engineered upgrade is for a plug-in hybrid version of the new S60, in this case the range-topping S60 T8 Twin Engine which combines a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 at the front axle with an electric motor at the rear.
Volvo will introduce the next-generation S60 on June 20 during an event held at its new Charleston, South Carolina, factory. Top-of-the-line Brembo monoblock six-pot calibers, painted in an eye-catching gold, now handle the braking duties, exclusive Ohlins shocks upgrade the suspension and the sway bar from the upcoming Polestar 1 makes body roll all but non-existent.
The shocks are borrowed from the Polestar 1 hybrid performance auto, meaning they are adjustable.
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The Polestar package has a revised engine control unit, which bumps the output of the US-spec plug-in hybrid drivetrain to 309kW of power and 670Nm of torque. The eight-speed automatic transmission has also been recalibrated to speed up changes and sharpen response.
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 auto subscription service. Polestar emblems, black chrome exhaust pipes and gold seat belts round out the package's visual enhancements.
Henrik Green, senior vice-president of research and development at Volvo, said that the parts have been "fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting driver's car".