• |
  • |
  • Hurry Up: Volvo Offers Software Upgrades for T6-Equipped XC60, XC70 Models

Hurry Up: Volvo Offers Software Upgrades for T6-Equipped XC60, XC70 Models

Ben Timmins
Nov 29, 2011
Volvos equipped with the 3.0-liter T6 turbocharged inline-six aren't exactly slow vehicles, but Volvo cars has released performance upgrades for them anyway: it has unveiled a line of software upgrades for the likes of the XC60, XC70, and S60 T6 models to up the power ratings without voiding the warranty.
Photo 2/4   |   2012 Volvo XC70 Ocean Race Edition Front
Those upgrades come from Volvo's internal tuning house, Polestar, in the form of a new software package for the T6 engine. By reflashing the engine control unit, Polestar increases the power from 300 to 325 horses and the torque from 325 to 355 pound-feet, equal to the figures of the S60 and XC60 R-Design trims. The upgrade is available for all 2011-2012 S60, XC60, and XC70 models equipped with the T6. Volvo also says that the modifications don't make any changes to the already respectable fuel economy; holding at 21, 20, and 19 mpg combined, respectively
Photo 3/4   |   2012 Volvo Xc60 Rear Passengers Side
With power like that, the S60 T6 AWD with Polestar tuning would aim itself squarely at another European sport sedan with a 3.0-liter inline-six and all-wheel drive: the BMW 335i xDrive. On paper, the S60 T6 now has a 25 horsepower and 55 pound-feet advantage over the Bavarian rocketship, although BMW's rumored love of under-rating its engines means the competition might not be so clean cut.
Photo 4/4   |   2012 Volvo XC70 Rear Three Quarters
How much will all this cost? At $1,495, it's not exactly an inexpensive modification, but the modifications are classified as factory-authorized, which means that you should be covered under the factory warranty if anything goes wrong.
With this move, Volvo now has performance upgrades available for nearly all models equipped with T5 and T6 engines, including the S40, C30, C70, S60, XC60, and XC70. Again, considering that most of these cars weren't exactly slow in the first place, lead footed Volvo owners should applaud the decision.
Source: Volvo

2015 Volvo XC60 Specifications

Fair Market Price $33,517
MSRP $36,400
Editors' Overall Rating
Mileage 24 City / 31 Highway
Engine 2.0L I4
Horse Power 240 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 258 ft lb of torque @ 1,500 rpm
See all Specifications


Truck Trend Network


Volvo XC60

Fair Market Price
Editors' Overall Rating
Basic Specifications
MSRP: $36,400
Mileage: 24 / 31
Engine: 2.0L I4
Key Competitors
get a free quote

Subscribe Today and Save up to 83%!

Subscribe Truck Trend Magazine

Subscribe to:

Truck Trend

Subscribe Diesel Power Magazine

Subscribe to:

Diesel Power

Subscribe Truckin Magazine

Subscribe to: