We’re a week away from the debut of the all-new 2019 Volvo S60 and Volvo has announced a new hot version of the S60 that will be part of the lineup – the S60 T8 Polestar Engineered. Volvo and Polestar have teamed up to create a new high-performance version of the electrified S60 T8 plug-in hybrid.
Polestar Engineered has been developed by Polestar and it adds performance upgrades to the car’s wheels, brakes, suspension and engine control unit. Polestar Engineered debuts on the 2019 S60 and is exclusively available on the 8 Twin Engine model, positioned above the R Design versions.
Starting with the engine, Polestar Engineered gives the plug-in hybrid powertrain some software upgrades that increase the T8 Twin Engine output to 415 horsepower with 472 lb-ft. of torque, up from 400 horsepower with the standard T8 powertrain. Volvo says that the software upgrades also improve fuel consumption.
On the outside Polestar Engineered adds new lightweight wheels that show off the golden-painted brake calipers. Polestar emblems, black chrome exhaust pipes and golden seat belts also identify Volvo models equipped with Polestar Engineered.
The Polestar Engineered multi-link front and rear suspension incorporates Öhlins shock absorbers with a dual-flow valve that allows stiffening in the springs and dampeners while retaining comfort. Plus, the strut bar and adjustable shock absorber design are shared with the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid coupe.
“Electric cars are our future,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO at Volvo Cars. “Today starts a new era of Volvo electrified models enhanced by Polestar’s performance engineering prowess. This strategy is firmly grounded in our shared belief in an electric future for the car industry.”
The 2019 Volvo S60 is going to debut on June 20.