Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  Polestar Performance Tuning Expands to Volvo T6 AWD Models
Subscribe to the Free

Polestar Performance Tuning Expands to Volvo T6 AWD Models

Volvo S60, V60, and XC60 T6 AWD models get performance boost.

Jason Udy
Feb 1, 2016

Polestar has just announced new performance upgrades for Volvo Drive-E T6 AWD models including the S60 sedan, V60 wagon, and XC60 crossover. Until now, the Polestar Optimization upgrade was only available on the Volvo XC90 T6 AWD crossover.

"The already powerful and agile T6 AWD models become even more dynamic and responsive to drive with the Polestar Optimization," said Thed Bjrk, racing and development driver for Polestar Cyan Racing, in a release. "We have spent countless hours on creating a balanced package for performance oriented Volvo drivers, using the same philosophy and methods as for our race and performance cars."

No longer focusing strictly on a power increase, the Polestar Optimization enhances five key areas of the powertrain: increased throttle response, mid-range engine performance, faster gearshifts, revised gearshift timing, and off-throttle response.

Volvo S60 T6 AWD with Polestar Performance Optimization rear three quarter Photo 2/3   |   Volvo S60 T6 AWD with Polestar Performance Optimization rear three quarter

Throttle response has been optimized to provide better feedback and response during passing maneuvers or spirited driving. Mid-range engine performance is optimized because that is where the engine spends much of its time when overtaking or merging onto the freeway, according to Polestar. Meanwhile, the transmission reacts faster to driver shift input for quicker acceleration and more driver control of the car.

Gearshift points have also been recalibrated to more efficiently use the retuned mid-range power, while the gear hold function holds a gear longer during cornering to keep the chassis planted. Lastly, off-throttle response has been increased for improved predictability and to provide better stability when slowing for a corner.

All of the powertrain adjustments still meet requisite emissions and fuel requirements as well as Volvo service intervals and warranty standards, according to Polestar.

Source: Volvo

Volvo XC60 T6 AWD with Polestar Performance Optimization rear three quarter Photo 3/3   |   Volvo XC60 T6 AWD with Polestar Performance Optimization rear three quarter
By Jason Udy
129 Articles



It may have never been as popular as the Honda Civic or the Integra it was intended to replace, but the Acura RSX Type S FF coupe still had its fans (the writer of this piece being one of them) and champions who continue to preach the gospel of the DC5. Reaping the benefits from
Bob HernandezMar 3, 2021
Can you make your car waltz around a city street or wooded backroad like Ken Block? Probably not. Of course, the inability to hold hundred-foot all-wheel-drive slides and place a front wheel within millimeters of a dock drop-off hasn’t stopped tens of thousands of Gymkhana fans from imitating their rally hero, on- or off-camera. Most do so with a modified
Conner GoldenMar 2, 2021
One of the most common flexes among the biggest automakers is to squirrel away examples of their best and rarest work over their history to eventually show off those pieces as an anthology. Not long ago, we received a glimpse at a new exhibit at the Honda Collection Hall in Japan, and much deeper in
Bob HernandezMar 1, 2021
Roll racing is having a moment – or at least it was before COVID hit and shut down a year’s worth of events. The motorsport phenomenon that we first noticed through the likes of Texas2K two-plus decades ago and a few other copycat events around the country since had some momentum heading into 2020 before
Bob HernandezFeb 26, 2021
In order to get the full story of Garage Active, and its animated founding father, you would need more than just a single feature. In all honesty, you would probably need something along the lines of the Lord of the Rings sized trilogy, complete with all of the spin-offs, behind-the-scenes extras and perhaps even that
Micah WrightFeb 25, 2021
Sponsored Links