If you enjoyed our previous gallery of the Volvo V40 outfitted with parts from the Polestar Performance Optimisation programme, here’s another. This time, the hatchback isn’t confined to the showroom floor, as we brought the hatchback out to more picturesque surroundings for our resident photographer, Sherman Sim, to work his magic.

As a brief refresher, the Polestar Performance Optimisation programme is available for selected Volvo models here in Malaysia, including the V40 T5 Drive-E. Customers get to choose from five separate packages – chassis, intake and exhaust, wheels, interior and exterior, and optimisation – which introduce specific enhancements to various aspects of the car.

The car seen here receives the complete set of Polestar upgrades, which adds on RM59,999 to the price of the car, which starts at RM180,888 (OTR without insurance). Changes under the hood include bump in power, with the 2.0 litre T5 Drive-E petrol engine now producing 253 hp (from 245 hp) and 400 Nm (from 350 Nm).

Coupled with an improved throttle response, as well as gearshift response and off-throttle response, the Polestar-optimised V40 will complete the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 6.2 seconds (quicker by 0.1 seconds). Along with the added grunt, the Polestar programme also introduces a sports air filter, new air box lid, and a new set of shock absorbers and coil springs.

On the exterior, the V40 gets fancier 19-inch lightweight rims shod with Pirelli P Zero tyres (235/35 section), a new rear diffuser, a stainless steel exhaust system and black side mirror covers. Inside, there’s a Polestar-branded gear knob and door sills, along with aluminium sports pedals.

The Polestar performance parts packages are installed locally, and can be ordered from any authorised Volvo showroom in Malaysia. Currently, we have a V40 with the full Polestar package listed on our our sister classifieds site, oto.my, for RM240,888.