Volvo’s performance offshoot, Polestar, has announced a series of upgrades it will be offering on top-spec T8 versions of its upcoming S60 saloon. Under the tag of ‘Polestar Engineered’, Volvo will roll out the upgrades alongside its all-new S60 saloon next week, with the same elements appearing on the V60 and XC60 T8models later in the year.
Building on the standard T8’s 394bhp combined power figure, Polestar’s very contemporary way of increasing power via upgraded software brings power up to an even more impressive total of 408bhp. The eight-speed automatic transmission has also been recalibrated to speed up changes and sharpen response.
These lessons have been derived from the development work that the Swedish brand has done in preparation of the upcoming $180k Polestar 1 super-GT. Like that car, these high-spec ‘60 series’ models will incorporate Polestar’s new aesthetic trademarks, such as gold-painted brake calipers, Brembo monoblock units in this case. Also featured are adjustable Öhlins shock absorbers, paired with a new front strut brace, both shared with the Polestar 1.