Hot Volvo S60 T8 Twin Engine Polestar Engineered previewed

Polestar Engineered parts for Volvo 60-series models

Enlarge Image Large Brembo brakes with gold-painted six-piston calipers sit behind Polestar Engineered-specific lightweight wheels. Polestar

A new Polestar Engineered trim line offers upgraded performance to the upcoming third-generation Volvo S60 T8 as well as its V60 T8 wagon and XC60 T8 crossover SUV counterparts.

The S60 T8 Twin Engine Polestar Engineered, as it is called, will sit above the regular T8 Twin Engine variant of the new S60, which is due for reveal next week but was leaked online last month.

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A revised ECU raises the total power output of the Polestar Engineered to 409bhp - at least in the U.S., though Volvo sources say that United Kingdom cars should be roughly the same.

New lightweight wheels have an open design to show off the eye-catching golden-painted brake callipers, the new hallmark colour for Polestar Engineered components. But don't forget, Polestar isn't a new thing - prior to its spinoff as a standalone brand, the Swedish tuning arm has been responsible for some of the most entertaining Volvo cars to date.

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With Polestar Engineered, various aspects of the vehicle like the wheels, brakes, suspension and engine control unit are improved using Polestar's performance engineering expertise. A slotted design in the brake discs and the brake pads improve heat tolerance. The eight-speed automatic transmission has also been recalibrated to speed up changes and sharpen response. A new strut bar and the adjustable shock absorber design are brought over from the larger Polestar 1 coupe. Polestar emblems, black chrome exhaust pipes and gold seat belts round out the package's visual enhancements.

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"The new S60 T8 Polestar Engineered is an electrified auto that does what you want it to", said Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars. "All components have been fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting drivers' auto".

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