Volvo models powered by the brand’s new-generation Drive-E engines will soon be available with enhancements developed by motorsport and performance partner Polestar.
The Swedish car maker says the Polestar Performance Optimisation program will be available for most Volvo vehicles powered by its new Drive-E engines, with enhancements including optimised engine performance, throttle response, gearshift speed, gearshift precision and off-throttle response.
More than 140 different variations of optimisations will be released over the coming months, with the first to be released at the end of June for vehicles with the D4, D5, T5 and T6 Drive-E engines.
Polestar says all changes are made without effecting the vehicles’ certified emissions, fuel consumption, service intervals and manufacturer’s warranty.
The expansion into drivetrain optimisation is the result of cooperation with the Volvo research and development team and Aisin Warner for the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar performance models.
Polestar says the optimisations focus on mid-range performance, with the goal of improving the driving experience and driveability in a range of situations.
Volvo and Polestar engineers and test drivers, including reigning STCC champion Thed Bjork, were fully utilised during the development phase.
“We use the same philosophy when developing the optimisations as for our race cars,” Bjork said.
“Driveability is everything in racing; it is about having power available when you need it and to be in control. It is exactly the same thing when driving a road car. The more exact response to driver input and predictability from the powertrain, the higher level of control for the driver.
“This is something we have achieved with the new generation where we have focused on mid-range driveability for the engines and combined that with a further developed gearbox and throttle package. This is the next level of driving experience for Volvo cars.”
Volvo Australia marketing communications director Oliver Peagam told CarAdvice that nothing was locked in for our market at this stage, though admitted the local division's intimate relationship with Polestar meant it would certainly look at what opportunities were available and what Polestar Performance Optimisation enhancements it could offer its customers.
Peagam suggested any enhancements wouldn't be available until after the introduction of updated MY16 vehicles that are due around the end of this year.