The S60 T8 Polestar Engineered has us excited for Volvo's electric future

The S60 T8 Polestar Engineered has us excited for Volvo's electric future

Volvo has launched Polestar Engineered: a performance package created to give a sporty edge to the Swedish brand's lineup, setting the likes of the Audi S4 and BMW 340i M Sport in its sights.

The new Polestar Engineered trim will boost performance of the S6 T8 Twin Engine hybrid and is set to be a step up from the R Design trims. The changes encompass upgrades to the suspension, brakes and engine management system.

The multi-link Polestar Engineered suspension gets Ohlins shocks (just like the Polestar 1) and power increases to 409bhp, despite which Volvo say the Polestar Engineered cars will actually be, at least officially, more economical than the regular T8 models. On paper, that would see the Polestar-fettled S60 outpunch the likes of the Audi S4, BMW 340i and Mercedes-AMG C43.

Volvo says the Polestar Engineered ECU increases fuel efficiency while adding torque and power, and is emissions-neutral.

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Brembo mono-block brake callipers - painted gold - are also added to the S60 with the Polestar Engineered pack, along with pads and discs created to further reduce heat build-up. Also featured are adjustable Öhlins shock absorbers, paired with a new front strut brace, both shared with the Polestar 1. The Brembo calipers are painted gold, peaking out from new lightweight wheels for the Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered.

Aside from the new engine, the 2019 Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered has, of course, received other updates as well. "This strategy is firmly grounded in our shared belief in an electric future for the vehicle industry".

Volvo will reveal the new S60 next week at its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina. It will also be offered on the new V60 and XC60 from 2019. "All components have been fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting drivers' auto".

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