Polestar Owner Wants to Modify the Volvo XC60 and XC90
Engine, Suspension Upgrades on the Horizon for CUVs
Polestar, the company behind Volvo’s official motorsport campaigns, wants to turn up the wick on the company’s crossovers, according to Australian website Drive.com.au. The website says that company owner Christian Dahl spoke about the future of an XC-based Polestar model at the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercars race last week.
Polestar already offers powertrain tuning for the current XC60 and XC90, as well as most other Volvo cars. However, the company wants to expand options for owners of new XC crossovers to include a dedicated performance package developed in house, like what is available for the Volvo S60 and V60.
Those vehicles are available with dealer-installed powertrain tuning as well, but performance-addicted Volvo enthusiasts can also option the Polestar-branded factory trim level, which includes larger brakes, stiffer springs, adjustable dampers, and modifications to the gearbox, engine tuning, and Haldex all-wheel drive system (for more rear-wheel bias).
Dahl said that the company’s success running Volvo’s racing teams has helped it gain the credibility it needs to expand into developing standalone performance models for Volvo. The S60 and V60 Polestar limited editions are the first fruits of the companies’ production-vehicle partnership, which will expand to include powertrain and suspension development and even more Polestar performance vehicles.
Volvo’s crossover offerings have never been labeled as particularly sporty, even in top-line R-Design trims. With competitors like the Audi SQ5, Range Rover Sport, and BMW X3 and X5 M-Sport selling very well, Volvo probably needs to throw its hat into the sporty-CUV ring to stay relevant in the segment. The upcoming XC90 will have around 400 hp in certain trims, so a Polestar package that boosts that already impressive number would be pretty tantalizing, as long as it also comes with enough suspension to keep the shiny side up.