Volvo has a new XC90 out with a naturally aspirated 4.4 litre V8 engine inside. Marketed as the best V8 for the planet, the engine has ultra low emissions and it is the most powerful Volvo to date.

The 4.4 V8 was necessary to compete against the BMW X5 4.4i. Before this, Volvo only had 2.5 litre 5 cylinder light pressure turbo and 2.9 litre 6 cylinder twin turbo engine options available for the XC90.

Exterior outlook looks about the same, except with a nice shiny V8 badge on the front nose grill and on the back. This naturally aspirated V8 engine brings the Volvo XC90’s power up to 331 horsepower at 5850rpm and 325Nm of torque at 3900rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission with Geartronic drives power to the wheels and added safety is provided through all-wheel drive.

For the full specs, go here. No news yet whether Volvo Malaysia will bring the XC90 V8 into Malaysia to compete against the BMW X5 4.4i.