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


Polestar Engineered is the new confluence of Volvo and Polestar. "This strategy is firmly grounded in our shared belief in an electric future for the vehicle industry", said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO at Volvo Cars. 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.

With its turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter inline-four and electric motor, the gasoline-electric hybrid S60 T8 will be made even more powerful in Polestar Engineered form thanks to a revised ECU.

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The announcement comes one week before the company will reveal its new S60 premium sports sedan at the inauguration of its first USA manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina. A slotted design in the brake discs and the brake pads improve heat tolerance. Top-of-the-line Brembo monoblock six-pot calibers, painted in an eye-catching gold, now handle the braking duties, exclusive Ohlins shocks upgrade the suspension and the sway bar from the upcoming Polestar 1 makes body roll all but non-existent. The eight-speed automatic transmission has also been recalibrated to speed up changes and sharpen response.

Volvo has launched Polestar Engineered: a performance package created to give a sporty edge to the Swedish brand's lineup, setting the likes of the Audi S4 and BMW 340i M Sport in its sights.

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But Polestar Engineered isn't only about the powertrain.

There won't be too much on the outside to tell the Polestar Engineered models apart, besides Polestar emblems, black chrome exhaust pipes, and gold seatbelts and brake callipers - showing off the division's new "hallmark" colour.

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Henrik Green, senior vice-president of research and development at Volvo, said that the parts have been "fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting driver's car".