Volvo V40

Every now and then you get individuals who still firmly believe that a Volvo is nothing more than a safe, practical, vanilla-flavoured runabout vehicle – and they’re right. See, for some, it’s all they ever need (and expect) from a Volvo. Performance isn’t the first word that comes to mind and Volvo knows this.

That’s where Polestar steps in. The racing arm of Volvo has been pretty busy, as one can see with its involvement in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) and the V8 Supercars series. Not content with track duties however, Polestar has also turned its attention to tuning road-going Volvos.

Which leads us on to Polestar’s Performance Optimisation programme, now available in Malaysia for models such as the V40, S60 and V60, equipped with the T4 engine. In a completely stock Volvo V40 T4, the 1.6 litre B4164T turbocharged four-cylinder mill pumps out a respectable 180 hp at 5,700 rpm and 240 Nm at 1,600 to 5,000 rpm. Paired to a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the hatch sprints from 0-100 km/h in 8.5 seconds.

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Optimised with Polestar’s touch however, and performance figures include 200 hp at 5,750 rpm and 285 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 4,250 rpm. The century sprint gets cut down to 8.2 seconds while economy remains as is – 12.6 km/l on city runs, 19.6 for highway runs and 16.3 km/l on the combined cycle.

On the optimised S60 and V60 T4, the figures are identical with the same 200 hp and 285 Nm of torque touted at the exact same engine speed range as the optimised V40 T4. The century sprint gets dispatched in 8.7 and 8.9 seconds, respectively. Transmission is that of the six-speed dual-clutcher variety.

Prices for the Polestar Performance Optimisation programme for the V40, S60 and V60 T4 begin at RM5,944. More recently, Polestar has announced the same programme for Volvo’s new range of Drive-E engines – including the T5 and T6 petrol units as well as Volvo’s D5 and D6 diesel mills.

GALLERY: Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar