The higher performance versions of the Swedish company, tuned by the Polestar division, are reportedly going to feature even more oomph thanks to the addition of electric assistance.
According to the latest rumor off the mill, the expected Volvo S90 and V90 Polestar versions won’t arrive until at least next year because the company is busy tweaking them to use a new high-performance hybrid system. This comes as part of the strategy deployed by the luxury automaker to distance itself from the offerings of its rivals – mainly the German automakers. Volvo seemingly wants people to consider the Polestar versions as an alternative, not a competitor to Audi’s RS, BMW’s M and Mercedes’ AMGs. But going down a different route takes time, so the reports are pointing to a launch that is at least one year away.
“Polestar is going to come out with something very exciting and a little bit different. We think it is going to shake up the market,” comments Volvo UK’s managing director, Jon Wakefield. No indications towards the power source have been given so far, but the logical assumption is the engineers will look at the T8 hybrid system, which is offered on all new generation Volvo cars using the new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA). The mill has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine good for 314 bhp and featuring both supercharging and turbocharging as well as an electric motor with 81bhp.