Volvo S90 and V90 to get Polestar treatment

Volvo S90 and V90 to get Polestar treatment

Volvo S90 and V90 to get Polestar treatment

by December 9, 2015

Volvo clearly didn’t purchase its Polestar tuning outfit for nothing – the company wants to expand high-performance offerings to include the recently revealed S90 sedan.

The Swedish marque’s good looking flagship is built on the modular SPA platform to be shared with the next-generation S60 and V60, models already slated for the Polestar treatment.

Speaking with UK car magazine Autocar this week, Volvo boss Hakan Samuelsson confirmed the company is interested in a Polestar model larger than S60.

“You could have a high-performance variant [of the S90] without leaving the brand,” he told Autocar. “You could still have a nice car with smart design and functionality, but what’s wrong with a little performance?

Volvo S90 and V90 to get Polestar treatment grill“Right now we have the S60 and V60 as Polestar variants, and we believe in the [Polestar] brand – that’s why we bought it. So now we’re looking at using it more on performance cars within the family.”

Volvo last year purchased 100 per cent of Polestar, formerly a Swedish tuning partner. Six cylinders or more are out of the picture as Volvo’s engine family is now four-pot only, but a hybrid powertrain will likely be a goer according to Volvo R&D chief Peter Mertens.

“Polestar will still be sophisticated performance,” Mertens told Autocar. “It’s not just a case of doing a ‘boy racer’ by dropping a big engine in there. Hybrid power is the direction that Polestar will go in. In a way, Tesla has legitimised electric performance, although Polestar will be more sophisticated again.”

Volvo S90 and V90 to get Polestar treatment frontThe most powerful drivetrain in the new Volvo line-up is in the XC90 T8, a 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine producing 235kW and 400Nm, teamed with an electric motor adding 65kW and 240Nm. It shifts the 2296kg large SUV from standstill to 100km/h in 5.6 seconds.

There will be a wagon version, too, with the forthcoming V90– big-backed twin to the S90 – tagged by Volvo UK managing director Nick Connor as potentially even more appropriate for the Polestar treatment, at least for the British market.

“I’d say a wagon is more likely for us [UK market] than a Polestar version of the S90, because we have the heritage there from our days with the 850 in the British Touring Car Championship,” he explained to Autocar.