Volvo Polestar: Lose 2, gain 2, gain 17, swap AWD
The fast and (very) limited edition Volvo Polestar models are now powered by Volvo’s Drive-E 4-cylinder, 2-liter engine, which has replaced almost every other powerplant in Volvo’s lineup. This version of the 2.0 is supercharged and turbocharged, like the 2.0 in the new $66k XC90 T6, except with more grunt.
The Volvo Polestar S60 and V60 rocketships lose the tried-and-true 6-cylinder mill and will gain two more gears, for a total of eight. Interestingly, Volvo ditches longtime AWD system provider Haldex for a new BorgWarner AWD system.
For starters, the Volvo Polestar has more power: 362 horsepower compared to the six’s 345. Torque output is down, however, with the four-cylinder making 347 lb-ft versus the six-cylinder’s 369, but Volvo claims that the new Polestars are quicker than their predecessors. (A 2015 S60 Polestar went from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds in our tests.) With fewer cylinders to feed and a new eight-speed automatic transmission replacing the previous six-speed, Volvo also says fuel economy is improved, although we don’t have any EPA numbers.