Volvo’s recently acquired Polestar high performance unit is getting ready to start earning its pay via a massive tuning upgrade of the company’s new four-cylinder petrol engine family.
Niels Möller, Polestar’s chief operating officer, says the new version will develop in excess of 350 horsepower and would be used as the successor to the current turbocharged straight six packed under the hoods of the S60 and V60 Polestar. But wait, the sub-brand has even more on the pipeline and will move to deliver a high-performance hybrid powertrain and maybe even a more dynamic take on the company’s recently launched XC90 crossover. Möller said of the upcoming conversion of the 2.0-litre Drive-E unit they envision it “as strong or even stronger” than the current engines being used through the use of both a supercharger and a turbocharger. “With the new engine, weight will be reduced and power will increase, but there will be nearly half the CO2 emissions,” the executive commented, adding the transmission choice will be an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The manager added that since Volvo acquired Polestar back in July 2014 it was given complete access to its technology – including hybrid powerplants. Their aim in this respect is to not worry about range but rather use the electrification process to further up the ante in terms of performance. “Everything is possible,” he added when asked about the possibility of delivering an XC90 Polestar version in the near future. “SUVs are hip. People really like them as urban cruisers, so why not have an XC car that can go on the track as well?”