Volvo borrows cachet and power from its Polestar EV brand



All Polestar Engineered Volvos are T8 models with twin electric and gasoline hybrid motors.

The S60 T8 Polestar Engineered will also feature a multi-link front and rear suspension, and takes its strut-bar and shock-absorber design directly from the Polestar 1 flagship.

A revised ECU raises the total power output of the Polestar Engineered to 409bhp - at least in the United States, though Volvo sources say that UK cars should be roughly the same. Like that auto, these high-spec "60 series" models will incorporate Polestar's new aesthetic trademarks, such as gold-painted brake calipers, Brembo monoblock units in this case. Top-of-the-line Brembo monoblock six-pot calibers, painted in an eye-catching gold, now handle the braking duties, exclusive Ohlins shocks upgrade the suspension and the sway bar from the upcoming Polestar 1 makes body roll all but non-existent. 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. Today starts a new era of Volvo electrified models enhanced by Polestar's performance engineering prowess. The ECU also recalibrates the eight-speed automatic transmission. The strut bar and adjustable shock absorber design are shared with the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid performance auto. A slotted design in the brake discs and the brake pads improve heat tolerance.

Other Polestar Engineered touches include the sport seats, black chrome exhaust tips, and the yellow accents for example on the brake calipers and seat belts. Polestar Engineered models can be purchased through Volvo dealers or through the company's Care by Volvo subscription service.

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