New Volvo S60 Getting PHEV Powertrain With 415PS

Volvo will be unveiling the new generation S60 next week, at a special event held at the Charleston manufacturing facility, in South Carolina.

However, that’s not the only major announcement the Swedish car marque made, as they also spoke about a ‘Polestar Engineered’ range-topping S60 model. The flavor will slot above the R Design variants and make use of the T8 Twin Engine and an electric motor.

The internal combustion lump delivers 400PS (394hp / 294kW) and 640Nm (472lb-ft) of torque, and when paired with the small electric motor that forms a PHEV powertrain, the total output available is 415PS (409hp / 305kW) and 670Nm (494lb-ft) of torque, in US-spec.

According to Volvo, “the software upgrades improve fuel consumption and emissions-neutral performance, and refines the automatic gear selection”. At the same time, the company’s VP of R&D, Henrik Green, describes the model as an “exciting driver’s car”, stating that “all components have been fine-tuned to work together”.

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“Electric cars are our future. Today starts a new era of Volvo electrified models, enhanced by Polestar’s performance engineering prowess”, added Volvo’s President and CEO Hakan Samuelsson. “This strategy is firmly grounded in our shared belied in an electric future for the car industry.”

Besides offering some details into the oily bits of the car, the company has also mentioned a few other upgrades that will draw a clear line between the S60 T8 Twin Engine and the rest of the S60 family. These are the Polestar badges, black chrome exhaust pipes, specific alloy wheels, Brembo brake calipers with a gold look said to be “the new hallmark color for Polestar Engineered components”, and golden seatbelts.

There’s a Polestar-made multi-link suspension too, on both axles, which stiffens the springs and dampeners while retaining comfort, whereas the strut bar and adjustable shock absorber design are shared with the Polestar 1.

As expected, the new plug-in hybrid powertrain won’t be limited to just the third-gen S60, as Volvo will also offer it in the V60 estate and XC60 SUV. However, the latter two derivatives won’t arrive until next year, when they will be offered globally in limited numbers.

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  • Why don’t they just called it S60 Polestar again? Make it hot saloon rivals to Big Three.

    • Alfa Giulia QV

      Because that would pretty much invalidate the whole point of making Polestar its own separate brand. I still don’t get why the did that.

      • I still think spinning of Polestar is a bad decisions, sorry to say Chinese had no idea on what heritage is, otherwise they wouldn’t do that.

  • iea96

    I’m still confused with what they’re doing with the Polestar brand. Is it standalone or not? Make up your mind please.

    • vvmdrf

      It’s standalone but they still tune Volvos. Just like AMG with Benz. Not sure why that’s confusing.

      • iea96

        Well it’s actually not just like AMG with Benz. AMG isn’t slapping their own badge on the car instead of Mercedes badges.

        • D3X

          Fine, it’s similar to Alpina to BMW then. Whatever, Polestar will figure it out. I think the situation right now is that their using the “Polestar Engineered” label as stated in the article instead of straight up Polestar from here on.

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