Volvo is once again teaming up with Polestar to create sportier, more performance oriented versions of its V60 wagon and XC60 SUV packing a plug-in hybrid engine.
Volvo confirmed the arrival of the 2020 Volvo XC60 Polestar and V60 Polestar to its lineup yesterday. They will join the new Volvo S60 which is also offered with a Polestar Engineered, plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Like in the S60, the 2020 XC60 Polestar and 2020 V60 Polestar will pack a Volvo T8 twin engine plug-in hybrid with 415 horsepower and 494 pound-feet of torque which represents a boost of 15 horses and 22 lb-ft compared to the “regular” T8 vehicles.
On top of the power, each 60 Series Volvo will be shod with the same Öhlins dampers and front strut-tower brace. All of them will also get upgraded brakes with gold calipers which will be covered by racy forged wheels. And then they’ll all receive dark-chrome tail pipes, fender flares, and a glossy black grille.
So it’s clear that the Volvo S60, V60 And XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered Twin-Engine plug-in hybrid versions are fast, performance-oriented cars for driving enthusiasts. Are we once again the only ones thinking that Volvo’s confused?
We’d normally be ecstatic to report that Volvo and Polestar Engineered have once more teamed up to create some of the coolest and most obscure performance variants of the Swedish carmaker’s products but this piece of news seems completely moot and pointless.
You see, a month ago, Volvo announced that it was going to limit all their vehicle’s top speed to 180 km/h, and now they’re announcing that they and Polestar Engineered will once again produce high-powered and quick T8 Twin-Engine plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Their self-imposed responsibility to save all drivers from harm seems completely at odds with them selling cars that will hit 100 km/h is barely over 4 seconds, can pull serious Gs and stop on a dime.
If speed is bad and requires electronic limits, should these vehicles then not have acceleration limiters? Are deaths not possible when 100 km/h can be reached over a short distance? Is this not encouraging drivers to exploit their Volvo’s performance capabilities thus potentially causing an accident?
Driving at over 180 km/h, according to Volvo, is a death-wish so why bother producing cars with 415 horsepower?