Volvo and Polestar want to go after Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi Sport.
The most powerful road-going Volvo ever is the Polestar-tuned XC90 T8 on sale today with 421 horsepower (314 kilowatts) and 502 pound-feet (680 Newton-meters). It still has a four-banger under its hood and buyers in the market for a car with more cylinders will have to look elsewhere as Volvo has already announced all of its cars from now on will have four or less cylinders. The good news is Polestar, now a wholly-owned Volvo subsidiary, will spice up the powertrains by implementing electrification as a way to boost performance and increase efficiency at the same time.
That’s the promise made by Volvo Cars North America president and CEO Lex Kerssemakers in an interview with Motoring at the Los Angeles Auto Show where he revealed electrification will play a major role in the future of Polestar-tuned Volvos. He went on to specify the Geely-owned marque wants to finally have an answer to the German trio (Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, Audi Sport), but specified Volvo will do things its own way and won’t just copy its competitors.
Kerssemakers added that Volvo and Polestar don’t have plans to build the “ultimate racing car,” as their approach will be to engineer “performance cars that are useable day in and day out.” Speaking of future products, Volvo’s U.S. boss promises “there is lot to come from Polestar,” so prepare for a slew of electrified performance models from the Swedes in the following years.
Volvo has a busy agenda as after launching the XC90, S90, and V90 trio, the company is working on replacements for its smaller models part of the 40- and 60-series lineups. In addition, a first-ever XC40 is being developed and there are also plans for a pure electric model scheduled to arrive in 2019.
Source: Volvo via Motoring