Polestar Wants To Make Your AWD Volvo More Tail-Happy

All-wheel drive systems offer better traction than front- or rear-drive. But what performance driving enthusiasts look for in AWD vehicles is more muscle transferred to the rear wheels than the front. And Polestar is here to help on that front.

Though now split off into its own electric vehicle brand and bringing its own dedicated products to market, Polestar is still busy enhancing Volvos, just as it has done for years, and its latest upgrade focuses on sending more torque to the back.

Available for all new Volvos equipped with all-wheel drive, the new Polestar-developed upgrade increases both the amount and frequency of torque sent to the rear wheels for better turn-in, control, traction, and (perhaps best of all) driver engagement.

“We are always fine-tuning the driving experience of Volvo cars, and this upgrade makes the all-wheel drive both smoother and more dynamic,” said Volvo’s R&D chief Henrik Green.

All the owner of a vehicle so equipped needs to do to engage the optimized setting is to select the Dynamic drive mode – or better yet, disable the Electronic Stability Control altogether – and presto! You have yourself a (relatively) more tail-happy Volvo. We wouldn’t expect to get one into a four-wheel drift, but a little wiggle on exiting a corner only stands to make the driving experience that much more enjoyable.

Sounds good to us, and it’s available for every model Volvo currently offers, including the new XC40 and all the models in the 60 series and 90 series.

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