Volvo XC90 Polestar performance SUV is on the way

Volvo XC90 Polestar
13 Feb, 2015 1:25pm Steve Fowler

Volvo's Polestar performance arm is already breathing its magic over the new Volvo XC90 SUV

Volvo’s all-new XC90 is set to get performance and chassis upgrades from the company’s tuning and motorsports arm, Polestar.
According to Michael Fleiss, Volvo’s Vice President of Powertrain, Volvo XC90 Polestar versions of the D5 diesel and T6 petrol models can be expected. “Our colleagues at Polestar are already looking at the car,” he told us. “But Polestar models will sit somewhere between the T6 and T8 [plug-in hybrid] on power.”

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The four-cylinder T6 petrol car produces 316bhp, while the T8 twin engine model with its petrol engine and electric motor produces a combined 395bhp. The D5 diesel’s output is currently rated at 222bhp before Polestar’s tuners get their hands on it.

In addition to performance boosts, Polestar’s engineers will beef up the chassis to further improve grip levels and reduce body roll – the V60 Polestar has used adjustable Ohlins dampers, plus we’d expect more powerful Brembo brakes to be fitted.

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There will also be a beefier bodykit based on the R-Design trim level to give the XC90 a sportier appearance, and we’d be disappointed if the car wasn’t available with Polestar’s trademark Rebel Blue paintwork.
In spite of Volvo’s R&D boss Peter Mertens telling us he was happy with the noise the company’s new four-cylinder petrol models make, we’d expect Polestar to give its XC90 a throatier engine noise, possibly with the aid of a sound synthesizer.

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Volvo’s Polestar models don’t scrimp on equipment, either, so we’d expect XC90 Polestars to feature all the luxury and advanced safety kit that’s on offer in the new car. However, don’t expect to see a Polestar version of the XC90 until 2016 at the earliest – the standard car goes on sale this summer, with the T8 model arriving slightly later in the year.

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