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Polestar Engineered: Volvo takes on AMG and BMW’s M-division

Published: 13 June 2018

► Available on new S60 first
► V60 and XC60 versions next year

► C43, M-Sport competitor, but hybrid only

Polestar may now be a manufacturer in its own right, but it’s teaming up with Volvo for a new range of high-performance parts. 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.

Polestar Engineered parts will be available for the imminent new S60 first, and then the V60 and XC60 next year.

The Polestar Engineered packages transforms wheels, brakes, suspension and the car’s engine ECU. Polestar stoppers features golden-painted calipers – which will be a signature for the package, while black-chrome exhaust pipes and golden seatbelts will also become a staple of the new range.

V60 Polestar Engineered already spotted?

The S60 T8 Polestar Engineered will also feature a multi-link front and rear suspension, and takes its strut-bar and shock-absorber design directly from the Polestar 1 flagship. As you’d expect, the engine also gets a boost; an ECU tweaking brings power output from 385bhp to 409bhp. Torque is up too, from 472 ft lb to 494 ft lb. Volvo says fuel efficiency is up too, but not by how much. 

The figures mentioned here are US ones, so they could increase by the time the car makes it to the UK.

A return to the super-fast estate?

If you’re already in the market for something like a Mercedes-AMG C43 or Audi S4, you’ll soon have another choice on your hands. And because the Polestar Engineered packages are only available on T8 hybrid-engined cars – it’s a unique choice, too.

The S60 might be the first car to get the Polestar Engineered package, but the V60 is the model we’re most keen on seeing. The 850 T5 and later the T5 R began Volvo's reputation for delivering obscene fast-estates, and hopefully Polestar Engineered will help the V60 rekindle it. 

In fact, it’s possible we’ve already spotted the V60 Polestar Engineering T8, check out our spy shots here.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR magazine's online editor and tech lover