Volvo is launching new “driver focused” Polestar Engineered versions of its S60, V60 and XC60 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars.
The new range variants are specifically developed by Polestar - Volvo’s electric performance brand - and will sit above the current R Design trim.
Polestar Engineered will debut on the new S60, which is set to be revealed at the inauguration of Volvo’s first US manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina.
Polestar Engineered models will feature Polestar wheels, brakes, suspension and engine control unit.
Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive at Volvo Cars, said: “Today starts a new era of Volvo electrified models enhanced by Polestar’s performance engineering prowess. This strategy is firmly grounded in our shared belief in an electric future for the car industry.”
Polestar Engineered will also be offered on the new V60 estate and XC60 SUV from next year, available globally in limited numbers via Volvo dealerships and Care by Volvo, the company’s premium car subscription service.
New lightweight wheels surround golden-painted Brembo brake calipers, while Polestar emblems, black chrome exhaust pipes and golden seat belts also identify Volvo cars equipped with Polestar Engineered.
The Polestar Engineered models also feature multi-link front and rear suspension with Öhlins shock absorbers.
Power output from the T8 Twin Engine is increased from 390PS and 640Nm to 415PS, with 670Nm of torque.
The two-door electric Polestar 1 concept car – Polestar’s first model – will be showcased at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (12-15 July).