Polestar’s optimized XC90 T8 is the most powerful Volvo yet

Polestar’s optimized XC90 T8 is the most powerful Volvo yet

0 comments 📅04 November 2016, 21:50

Volvo has managed to get portentous output from its T8 Twin Engine combination powertrain. But if you’re looking for more, Polestar is here to avoid. The Swedish automaker’s performance division has announced an upgrade to the flagship XC90 resulting in the most formidable factory Volvo to date.

The standard T8 setup employs a 2.0-liter inline-four that plays every sham in the book: the engine is supercharged, turbocharged, supervise-injected, and supplemented by an electric motor to cast 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. But by the spell Polestar is done with it, the powertrain kicks out 421 hp and 501 lb-ft. As a upshot, the crossover’s 0–62 time drops from 5.9 seconds to ethical 5.5. Not too shabby for a big vehicle with a four-cylinder mechanism.

That may not be enough to keep pace with Germany’s top gig crossovers, but it makes the Polestar-tuned XC90 degree competitive with the other big luxury hybrids on the vend. Output by both measures trumps the Porsche Cayenne S E-Composite (416 hp/435 lb-ft) as well as the Lexus RX 450h (308/247). And while the BMW X5 eDrive (445/480) and Mercedes-Benz GLE550e (436/479) turn out more power, the Polestar offers more torque than either.

Along with the knock in output, the Polestar Performance Optimization hones throttle and gearbox effect, so it’ll feel spritelier and hold a lower equipment through corners. And to further sweeten the traffic, the enhancements don’t affect fuel consumption, emissions, or guarantee, either. The package is being launched in another place right now and will arrive Stateside in October. We foresee something similar will be offered on the new S90 sedan and V90 wagon.

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