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2019 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design Polestar Review – why buy?

  See that little blue square on our 2018-built Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design? It’s the Polestar badge. I first got acquainted with it 3 years ago, also in a XC90. Back then, the Polestar tune was a dealer fitted option that was tagged on to the engine’s ECU. Now with …

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Volvo to offer rear-biased torque split tune for 2019 AWD cars

A new software upgrade for all-wheel drive Volvo models that diverts more torque to the rear wheels is to be made available for 2019 models underpinned by the company’s Scalable Product Architecture. Developed by Polestar, the software aims to enhance the driving experience and provide a more engaging feeling, with …

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2019 Volvo S60 unveiled, unconfirmed for Australia

The covers have finally been lifted on the US-built 2019 Volvo S60, but a question mark hangs over whether it will make its way to Australia. If Volvo’s new small sports sedan is to make its way here, it likely wouldn’t be until the second quarter of 2019 at the …

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Volvo’s Polestar goes electric performance with Polestar 1

Polestar, Volvo’s performance sub-brand, has revealed its future as a new standalone electric performance brand. Polestar confirmed plans for its first three models, a new purpose-built production facility in China and a customer-focussed route to market that it says will set a new industry benchmark for performance vehicles. The company’s …

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Polestar boosts new XC60’s output to a potent 314kW

Volvo’s performance arm, Polestar has introduced an optimisation programme for the new Volvo XC60. When fitted to the XC60 T8, it boosts power to a potent 314kW, matching the optimised XC90 T8 as the most powerful Volvo models ever built. The Polestar tune improves five key areas of the powertrain …

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Polestar to create high-performance, electrified range for Volvo

Volvo has confirmed its performance arm, Polestar, will create a range of high-performance, electrified vehicles for the brand. Volvo purchased Polestar in 2015 and has just recently completed the buyout. Volvo Cars North American president and CEO, Lex Kerssemakers told Motoring Polestar’s racing would enable it to build some very …

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2016 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design Polestar Review

We are all familiar with M and AMG, but there’s a new kid in town – Polestar. Like its esteemed German counterparts, Polestar started off as an independent tuner and motorsport partner of Volvo, until the Swedish brand acquired the outfit, including the Polestar brand, in 2015. The aim was …

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Lighter and faster for 2016 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar

Volvo has unveiled the 2016 model year S60 and V60 Polestar with an all-new powertrain and lighter chassis. Replacing the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six engine that was first introduced with the models’ debut in 2013 is an all-new turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. Despite firing with two fewer cylinders, the …

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Volvo acquires Polestar. Potent hybrid models coming

Volvo has acquired 100 per cent of Swedish high performance car company, Polestar, including the Polestar brand. Like the V60 and S60 Polestars, the Polestar badge will adorn upcoming special high performance Volvo models. Polestar will also utilise Volvo’s twin engine electrification technology to develop next generation performance cars in …

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Volvo reveals V60 Polestar – 0-100km/h in 4.9s

Volvo has revealed its second Polestar model, the V60 Polestar. Propelled by the same 2,953cc turbocharged inline-six petrol engine as the recently unveiled S60 Polestar, it generates 257kW (350HP) of power and 500Nm of torque, thanks to a new twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo, an intercooler and Polestar’s 2.5-inch stainless full-flow …

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