Volvo Polestar Engineered models
Lots of EV drivers know electric cars are fun to drive; why shouldn’t plug-in hybrids be too?
That’s the approach Volvo is taking with its new 2020 XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered plug-in hybrid, and the latest addition to its plug-in hybrid and Polestar Engineered fleet, the 2020 V60 T8 Polestar Engineered. The new models will share developments introduced on the 2019 S60 T8 Polestar Engineered plug-in hybrid sedan.
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Both will use Volvo’s front-wheel-drive, 2.0-liter gas turbocharged and supercharged inline-4 with its 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel-drive electric motor setup.
Combined, the gas front and electric rear drivetrains in the Polestar Engineered XC60 SUV and V60 wagon produce 415 horsepower and a walloping 494 pound-feet of torque. The electric motor in the rear is tuned to deliver torque faster and to bias the handling more toward rear-wheel drive.
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Polestar Engineered is the name Volvo gives to high-performance variants of conventional Volvo models, tuned by its new Polestar high-performance and electric vehicle division.
Polestar has already introduced its own Polestar 1 high-performance plug-in hybrid coupe, and its all-elecrtic Polestar 2 fastback. The 600-horsepower, $150,000, carbon-fiber Polestar 1 will go on sale later this year.
2020 Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered
In the vein of in-house performance tuners, Polestar Engineering has also massaged the models’ suspensions with components from Swedish suspension designer Ohlins, which is most famous for building motorcycle suspension systems. Polestar uses new Ohlins struts with dual-flow valve technology and a new Ohlins strut-tower brace to stiffen the cars’ chassis.
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They use a more open wheel design for better cooling of the new six-piston brake calipers.
Standard versions of the Volvo plug-in hybrids have will have about 20 miles of electric range for 2020, according to manufacturer. The Polestar Engineered versions are likely to have a little less with bigger tires and more power.