few weeks Ago, Volvo announced that its division, Polestar, high-performance would take care of their vehicles powered by electricity. Well, you can already see one of its first results: the Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar. A preparation that not only draws a total of 427 HP of his engines, electric and gasoline, but also optimizes the response of the accelerator, the speed of change and other elements to turn it into a car much more sporty.
despite the modifications that it has received the Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar remains a plug-in hybrid very thrifty. Their average consumption approved is maintained at 2.1 l per 100 km and its electrical self-sufficiency remains of 45 km with the battery fully charged. In addition, it is good to know that it is an preparation official, does not lose the factory warranty for two years without mileage limit.
it May be that we are not in a preparation radical such as the Porsche 911 GT2 RS of which we told you about last week, but the goal of Polestar is not that. According to Henrik Fries, vice president of Research and Development division, “Our goal is to achieve a performance that is usable in any daily situation, for owners who want an improved driving experience”.
To achieve this, the Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar, has been undergoing a transformation that touches on a number of key aspects. Part of the 20 HP extra and the engine has been modified to improve their performance to half speed. The configuration of the accelerator has also been retouched to respond in a way that is more convincing to the orders of the driver and furthermore, when he lift the foot, the effect of engine braking will be greater that in the normal version.
The change has also been subject to a review to reduce the transition time between gears and get a faster response with a sporty driving. To take advantage of the new performance of the engine in the middle of the cuentarevoluciones, the ratio of the gears has a stepping different. In addition, it has a lock function on the curve, which prevents the change of gears with high lateral G-force and thereby avoid loss of adhesion at a bad time.
The new platform SPA used in the Volvo XC60 the latest generation, is the same as that used in the S90 and V90 and XC90. According to Fries, this platform “has provided us with an excellent basis to work with a chassis and a dynamic engine of the latest generation. With the optimization of the Polestar the new Volvo XC60 is a real car to enjoy the driving”. After the XC60 T8, Polestar will also make preparations for the motors T6, T5, D5 and D4.
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