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Volvo XC90 receives Polestar-developed upgrades

Volvo XC90 SUV gets a Polestar upgrade.

Volvo Car UK are set to introduce a series of Polestar-developed upgrades to the XC90, the first time that Polestar has focussed it’s attention on the new seven-seat SUV.


Known as Polestar Performance Optimisation, the upgrades improve the power and torque figures, make the accelerator responses even quicker, and alter the settings of the automatic gearbox to provide faster gearchanges and prevent gearshifts during rapid cornering. All of the upgrades culminate in a more dynamic driving experience and ensure the car response in a predictable manner during high-speed driving.

“The new Polestar optimisation is about making the car more dynamic and responsive to drive. We use the same philosophy as when optimising our race cars, to create a completely balanced package. And this is exactly what we have focussed on with the new-generation optimisations for Volvo cars: powertrain optimisation for real-life driving.” – Thed Björk, reigning Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) champion and Polestar Cyan Racing driver.

Polestar Performance Optimisations have also been released for the D4 diesel and T5 petrol Drive-E engines in other Volvo models aiming to boost medium-rev performance and to make the car’s entire drivetrain react more quickly and accurately to driver commands. The D4 Drive-E upgrades are available in the S60, V40, V40 Cross Country, V60 and XC60, and the T5 Drive-E enhancements are offered in the V40 and V40 Cross Country.

The price of the D4, D5*, T5 and T6 Polestar upgrades is £835, including VAT and fitting available from any authorised Volvo dealer taking about 30 minutes to complete whilst all model-year 2005 to model-year 2015 all-wheel-drive Volvos can be upgraded with the Polestar Performance Optimisation at the discounted price of £620.

More information on the Volvo range, Drive-E engines and Polestar can be found online .