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Volvo details new 'Polestar Engineered' S60 T8

14 June 2018, 12:59 | Jodi Jackson

Volvo launches Polestar Engineered performance pack

Polestar Engineered upgrade to be offered on top-spec Volvo '60 series' T8 models

It is the first of three confirmed Polestar Engineered models. "This strategy is firmly grounded in our shared belief in an electric future for the auto industry", said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO at Volvo Cars.

Extra changes are largely cosmetic, the Polestar Engineered vehicle identified by a few gold highlights (that now the Polestar hallmark colour) inside and out, plus black chrome exhaust pipes.

The Polestar Engineered S60 gets Brembo mono-block brakes with six-piston calipers, cast in one piece and optimized for rigidity. Called Polestar Engineered, and designed specifically for Volvo's new 60 series T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrids, the new parts are essentially Gothenburg's answer to BMW's M-Sport line or Mercedes' AMG-line.

Volvo will introduce the next-generation S60 on June 20 during an event held at its new Charleston, South Carolina, factory.

Polestar has fine-tuned the engine control unit to raise the T8 plug-in hybrid drivetrain's outputs from 298kW and 640Nm to 309kW and 670Nm.

The Polestar Engineered multi-link front and rear suspension incorporates premium Öhlins shock absorbers with a dual-flow valve that allows stiffening in the springs and dampeners while retaining comfort. The software upgrades improve fuel consumption and emissions-neutral performance, and refines the automatic gear selection. The yellow hue is to become the new hallmark color for Polestar.

Volvo has teamed up with its Polestar sub-division to make a range-topping variant of the upcoming 2019 S60.

There are fancier shocks (from Ohlins), a strut brace shared with the Polestar 1, new brake discs, Brembo calipers with brake pads that have better heat tolerance, and lightweight wheels to show it all off. Polestar emblems, black-chrome tailpipes and gold-coloured seat belts also serve to identify these flagship models.

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