Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Volvo announces Polestar Engineered label for S60

Polestar Engineered upgrade to be offered on top-spec Volvo '60 series' T8 models Volvo launches Polestar Engineered performance pack
Cecil Davis | 14 June, 2018, 12:59

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".

According to Volvo, S60 models that receive the Polestar Engineered treatment are positioned above its R-Design versions.

A revised ECU raises the total power output of the Polestar Engineered to 409bhp - at least in the U.S., though Volvo sources say that United Kingdom cars should be roughly the same. Polestar Engineered cars will use Brembo monoblock brakes with six-piston calipers, as well as new brake pads with increased heat tolerance.

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The announcement comes one week before the company will reveal its new S60 premium sports sedan at the inauguration of its first United States manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina. The changes encompass upgrades to the suspension, brakes and engine management system. The yellow hue is to become the new hallmark color for Polestar. These Polestar Engineered cars all come with badges, black chrome exhaust pipes and golden seatbelts to better distinguish them from lesser-tuned Volvos. Polestar will tune that powertrain with a new engine control unit that boosts it to 415 horsepower and 494 pound-feet, up 15 horses and 22 pound-feet, the Swedish automaker announced in a release one week before it unveils the new S60 at the opening of its Charleston, South Carolina assembly plant, sole manufacturer of the new sedan. The software upgrades improve fuel consumption and emissions-neutral performance, and refines the automatic gear selection.

Volvo has teamed up with its Polestar sub-division to make a range-topping variant of the upcoming 2019 S60. Seatbelt straps are gold, too, and the auto comes with Polestar emblems and black chrome exhaust pipes.