There’s still no full-on Volvo XC90 T8 Polestar, but the Swedish skunkworks now offers an “Optimization Package” for the hybrid SUV that bumps output to 421 horsepower and a little over 500 ft-lbs of torque. Torque is good.
While this isn’t the biggest surprise given Volvo’s gradual pull-out from racing, it still makes us sad. Volvo’s Polestar made it official today that they would not be renewing their contract with Australian Supercars once this season is over. The team, however, is looking to keep racing the Volvo without them.
Volvo has been touting their turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter inline-four since it launched in 2015. And now, the Swedes’ performance arm, Polestar, has gotten its hands on the engine, modified it, and dropped it into the S60 and V60. The result: more power. More acceleration. More joy in this world.
Living stateside, you might think that the Volvo S60 is the smallest car that the Swedish company makes. You would be very wrong. Over in Europe, Volvo sells a car called the V40, a slick-looking little hatchback, but it is strictly not sold in the U.S. For the next 40-series car, Volvo plans to change that. Oh, and…
Following the full-scale presentation of the all new Volvo S90, Volvo confirmed that the sportier-tuned versions of its new flagship sedan and its V90 wagon sibling will be getting the Polestar tuning treatment - possibly with hybrid-electric power.
If you visit a car museum like the Petersen or the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, once you put your jaw back to its place, start wondering what’s going on in the background, because at such establishments, they sure as hell can’t wait for a restoration to finish before the next one starts. Jay Leno seems to…
Polestar can do miracles in the chassis department, but while we wait for Volvo’s promised full-on performance models to surface, their racing team will upgrade almost any Drive-E powertrain as well. This is good news.
I'm not entirely sold on the part of the 2017 V8 Supercars rules that allow non-V8 engines to run yet, because I'll admit: I love that sound. On the other hand, I'm all about the part of the 2017 regulations that allow non-sedan body styles, however, because we could be getting a Volvo wagon. REJOICE!
But don't expect it to have 450 horsepower. Still, more Polestar Volvos mean more fast Volvos for America!
You need a car that can handle the load of your daily life. You also need a car that's going to make you smile when you drive it. Enter the Volvo V60 Polestar; a premium, compact wagon with a racing background.
The famous Volvo tuners at Polestar set up an S60 chassis for Volvo to jam its experimental 450 horsepower triple-charged 2.0 four-cylinder engine in it, and the result is a prototype so fast it should scare Ze Germans. The horsepower war just got downsized.
There's a lot of banter between Polestar Racing drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren in this video, but they drive a road-going Volvo S60 Polestar on ice and it's rather majestic.
Volvo is set to deploy their first car in the Australian V8 Supercars series in just a few weeks, and based on the way their new 650 horsepower Polestar V8 sounds, their competitors should be afraid. Very afraid.
If your life won't be complete until you own the fastest production Volvo ever, raise your hands now. There are just 120 of the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar super Volvos coming to this country in June, and they look to be worth standing in line for.
Volvo won't sell you a V8 anymore, and soon you won't be able to get anything that has more than four cylinders. However, they're sticking the V8 you used to get in an XC90 in S60s bound for the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship. With some modifications, of course.
One day, we're talking about what Volvo needs to do to stay relevant these days. The next, we're seeing what Volvo, err... Polestar, is doing to make Jalopnik readers giddy. Wasn't the Volvo V60 Polestar nice to wake up to today?
Hannukah came a day early this year as Volvo just told us, for serious, that the hopped up Volvo V60 Polestar is definitely coming to America. Volvo wagon. Bright blue. 350 horsepower. Sub 5.0-second 0-60 mph time. I think I just blue myself!