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Volvo S60 Polestar Engineered

Volvo S60 T8 Polestar Engineered is fastest-accelerating Volvo

Full UK pricing and specification details have been confirmed for the new S60, V60 and XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered, the plug-in hybrid high-performance variants of Volvo’s mid-size models.

These cars are the latest part of Volvo’s commitment to electrification, and benefit from the expertise of the Volvo Car Group’s electrified performance division, Polestar.

The S60, V60 and XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s engine, brakes, suspension, automatic transmission and wheels are all upgraded for improved dynamics, along with exterior and interior design changes.

With Polestar’s tuning, output from the 390hp plug-in hybrid T8 Twin Engine 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is increased from 303hp to 318hp. With 87hp provided by the electric motor, the total system output is 405hp. The S60 Polestar Engineered is capable of 0-62mph in just 4.4 seconds – making it the fastest-accelerating production Volvo car ever made – yet it is also capable of electric-only zero-emissions driving of up to 27.3 miles and fuel economy of 104.5mpg (WLTP Combined cycle).

Software changes to the automatic transmission bring quicker gearshifts and a more precise shift programme that minimises gearchanges when cornering quickly.

Stopping power is increased with the adoption of a Brembo system (Akebono on the XC60) that features floating front discs and monobloc front calipers. The front discs are slotted for better heat management, while the front and rear calipers are finished in Polestar’s new signature gold colour.

The Polestar Engineered models are fitted with Öhlins adjustable shock absorbers which use a dual-flow valve for accurate response to changes in the road surface and driving conditions, for a balance between handling precision and ride comfort. A strut bar between the front suspension towers also helps to improve steering response and handling. The strut bar and shock absorber design are shared with the 600hp Polestar electric performance hybrid coupé.

The Polestar Engineered models are on sale now, with first deliveries to UK customers due before the end of the year. On-the-road prices are £56,105 for the S60, £57,205 for the V60 and £64,545 for the XC60.