Volvo has made great strides over the past five years in making their vehicles not only efficient but exciting and exhilarating to drive. When the original T8 powertrain came out for the then all-new XC90 in 2015, it was an engineering marvel. It combined battery technology with a turbocharged and supercharged engine. The result was an efficient, yet incredibly powerful SUV
Now for 2020, Volvo is upping the ante by adding a 415 horsepower plug-in hybrid electric variant of the XC60 midsize SUV and all-new V60 midsize wagon to next year’s line-up within the “Polestar Engineered” trim. The Polestar Engineered trim debuted on the 2019 S60. Similar to the S60, both the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered and V60 T8 Polestar Engineered offer performance expressions of each vehicle’s design, while enhancing crucial driving elements such as throttle response, braking and handling on the T8 Twin-Engine Plug-In Hybrid system.
Available in Summer 2019, the model year 2020 XC60 and V60 Polestar Engineered cars include enhancements such as powertrain software optimization to provide faster access to torque and focus additional power to the rear wheels. This optimization allows the Volvo T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid to produce 415 horsepower and 494 lb-ft. of torque. An incredibly stunning number from a four-cylinder petrol engine with hybrid technology. It’s exciting to see the Volvo brand expand the T8 powertrain system to other models across their lineup which continues to focus on efficiency and performance.