Volvo Tuner Polestar to Create Future Diesel, Electric Performance Models
If you are a fan of quirky-yet-awesome Scandinavian cars, than you are likely familiar with the name Polestar. The Swedish tuning firm specializes in putting more muscle into select Volvos, which we’ve already seen with special variants of the C30 hatchback and S60 sedan. But Polestar has plans that extend far beyond conventional powertrains.
According to the UK’s AutoCar, Polestar will be looking at performance tunes for Volvos with diesel engines and even electric rear axles. The emphasis will be on increased performance with minimal impact on efficiency. As such, no engine will be larger than the current 2.0-liter turbocharged mill that is part of Volvo’s new Drive-E engine family.
So the emphasis will be on turbos, electric power and diesel. In recent years Polestar has gone from simply being Volvo’s racing outfit of choice, to having increasing influence as the performance arm of the Swedish carmaker.
According to Polestar CEO, Hans Baath, this cap on displacement will not be an issue: “Power output [of the smaller engines] is not a problem – there’s so much ‘green’ technology that is from racing.” These advancements will likely impact the rest of the Volvo lineup, and you can bet that this emphasis on creative new ways to eek horsepower out of smaller engines is the performance landscape of the future– throughout the auto industry.