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

Ceria Alfonso
Junio 14, 2018

Volvo Cars has announced that it has developed a new electrified performance package (dubbed "Polestar Engineered") for the upcoming 60 Series T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid derivatives.

Volvo says the package applies Polestar's "performance engineering expertise" to the vehicle's wheels, brakes, suspension and engine control unit. Polestar Engineered cars will use Brembo monoblock brakes with six-piston calipers, as well as new brake pads with increased heat tolerance.

Volvo will introduce the next-generation S60 on June 20 during an event held at its new Charleston, South Carolina, factory. The tweaks are also expected to improve refinement of the eight-speed automatic transmission and lower the fuel consumption.

Chassis mods include Polestar Engineered multi-link front- and rear-suspensions, featuring Ohlins shocks with dual-flow valves that allow stiffened springs and shocks with no affect on ride quality.

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The redesigned 2019 Volvo S60 due to be revealed on June 20 will be the first of the Swedish automaker's cars to receive the new Polestar Engineered treatment. The calipers are painted in Polestar yellow, and the emblems, black chrome exhaust pipes and golden seat belts will let others know your Volvo is special, much as the M-badge and AMG symbols do for BMW and Mercedes. The strut bar and adjustable shock absorber design are shared with the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid performance vehicle. Seatbelt straps are gold, too, and the vehicle comes with Polestar emblems and black chrome exhaust pipes.

I'll remind readers that the basis of all Volvo powertrains is a feisty little turbocharged inline-four.

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".

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