Volvo launches Polestar Engineered pack for 60-series cars

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Recall, Polestar is now a standalone brand so will no longer be building dedicated performance offerings for Volvo like the current S60 and V60 Polestar models.

The difference here is that Polestar is focused on "electrification" and the first of the new-generation "Polestar Engineered" products will be the T8 version of the third-generation S60 sedan that's due to be revealed in a week from now. "This strategy is firmly grounded in our shared belief in an electric future for the vehicle industry", said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO at Volvo Cars.

The gearbox and brakes get some Polestar tinkering too, as does the multi-link front and rear suspension, which also gets Öhlins adjustable shock absorbers as well as a strut bar design inherited from the Polestar 1 high-performance coupé. Polestar stoppers features golden-painted calipers - which will be a signature for the package, while black-chrome exhaust pipes and golden seatbelts will also become a staple of the new range.

The Polestar Engineered-badged model will be based on the 400-horsepower plug-in hybrid S60 T8 Twin Engine. The plant is the sole production site for the new S60, which is the first Volvo vehicle made in the US.

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The Brembo mono-block brake callipers are cast in one piece and optimised for rigidity.

Volvo says the Polestar Engineered ECU increases fuel efficiency while adding torque and power, and is emissions-neutral. The changes encompass upgrades to the suspension, brakes and engine management system.

As with recent fast Volvos, the S60 T8 will receive Ohlins dampers - in this case the very fancy DFV items - using a design that's shared with the Polestar 1.

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".