Volvo XC90 gets Polestar tuning for T6 and D5 engines


Volvo’s Performance Optimisation programme has now been expanded to include the all-new XC90 SUV. The performance upgrade is developed and designed by the engineers at Volvo’s performance division, Polestar, which also raised the performance of the T5 petrol and D4 diesel engines.

For the second-generation XC90 fitted with either the T6 petrol or D5 diesel engine, the Performance Optimisation programme sees several upgrades to the SUV’s drivetrain. This includes an increased power output from the engine, along with improved throttle response, gearshift speed, gearshift precision and off-throttle response.

In its stock specification, the D5 mill produces 225 hp and 470 Nm of torque. Courtesy of the performance upgrade, those figures are now bumped up to 233 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Similarly, the T6 petrol engine now outputs 334 hp and 440 Nm (from 320 hp and 400 Nm).

”The new XC90 is by far the most advanced car from Volvo in terms of chassis and drivetrain, making it a thrill for us to work with. The Polestar optimisation takes the dynamics and responsiveness of the XC90 another step forward from an already high base level,” said Niels Möller, COO of Polestar.

The Volvo XC90 is also available in its most powerful T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid configuration with 407 hp and 640 Nm of torque on tap. However, no Performance Optimisation programmes have been announced for it yet, but there is a possibility that a Polestar high-performance version of the SUV could be in the works.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.


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