Volvo is spreading the horsepower love around its fleet with a wider array of Polestar Performance software upgrades. 2011 and 2012 XC60, S60 and XC70 models equipped with a T6 engine are now available with a software upgrade that adds in 25 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque without impacting fuel economy. Those improvements put the engine's final figures at 325 horsepower and 355 pound-feet of torque, though the extra grunt won't come cheap. Volvo says that the software package will set buyers back a hefty $1,495 including destination when it goes on sale on December 5th.

The company isn't saying why the T6 software costs $200 more than the 23-horsepower upgrade available on vehicles equipped with the automaker's T5 engine. That boost can be had on the C30, C70 and S40, and will eventually show up on the V50. Hit the jump for the brief press release.
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Volvo Announces Newest Polestar Performance Packages

Upgrade Now Available for 2011, 2012 XC60, S60 and XC70 T6

ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Nov. 28, 2011) - Expanding on its recent announcement of performance packages for certain models with T5 engines, Volvo Cars of North America (VCNA) today announced factory-authorized performance tuning software for several additional Volvo models will be available next week at Volvo retailers across the country.

The next wave of Polestar performance software packages will be available for 2011-2012 XC60, S60 and XC70 fitted with a T6 engine. The T6 performance software package carries an MSRP of $1,495 installed and goes on sale nationwide Dec. 5.

The T6 Polestar software package adds 25 horsepower and 30 lb.-ft. of torque, bringing the three carlines to 325 horsepower and 355 lb.-ft. of torque. Equally impressive is that the added power does not affect fuel consumption, as the efficient tuning of the engine only increases the power output when it is needed.

"Just a few weeks after announcing the performance package for select T5 models, we have already received tremendous feedback from our customers," said Chris Dauerer, VCNA's vice president of customer service. "With Polestar, we are able to deliver our performance-minded customers the enhanced driving package they have been looking for now across a variety of our carlines."

Currently, the Polestar performance software package is also available for the following carlines:

* XC60 T6 R-Design (MY2011-2012)
* C30 T5 (MY2008-2012)
* C70 T5 (MY2008-2012)
* S40 T5 (MY2008-2011)


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      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Should be about $100.
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 3 Years Ago
      can anyone say price gouging?
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just can't get used to the name "Polestar" I always think is a very accomplished stripper. I guess a awkward name is fitting for a "sporty Volvo"
      mkenjalo
      • 3 Years Ago
      How can you justify "destination charges" on a SOFTWARE package??
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, its so stupid to chip a GTI or tune a MS3. /sarcasm Dude, shut up.
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is an outrageously expensive tune, borderline ripoff. Give it some time and the aftermarket will come up with something that offers more power, the same reliability, but for about $800 less. Of course it won't come with a factory warranty, but if anything happens just flash the stock map back.
        Tiberius1701
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        "but if anything happens just flash the stock map back" You don't know the Swedes very well, do you? You can't do anything to a newer Volvo without the seeing-eyes from Goteburg being able to find out about it.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tiberius1701
          I do know the Swedes well. You have this ability with the IPD softloader, so why wouldn't you be able to do it with any other tune? Nice to see a fellow Star Trek fan though...
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you make enough money to drive one of these cars, I'd say you're not worried about $1500 for a factory-backed power upgrade.
        EvilTollMan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @donnieorama
        Volvos aren't that expensive. I'd say that the typical volvo buyer would also find the power bump not worth the extra coin.
      icerabbit
      • 3 Years Ago
      Complete ripoff in my opinion. Boils down to $1500 for a quickie software / firmware flash that unlocks 25hp that were already in the hardware. Shouldn't be more than a couple hundred for existing vehicles and factory standard on the next model year.
      Airborne
      • 3 Years Ago
      After driving an 11(didn't have the reflash)and 12 XC60 R-Design, I immediately noticed the change in power delivery. I would suspect that the numbers advertised are peak and don't reflect the power under the curve. Seeing as I was paying the same money to either get an 11 on the spot or order a 12, the power difference was more than enough to convince me to go with the 12. At the time I had heard that this program was coming but the dealers didnt know anything about it. On another note I think autoblog needs to do a test on a c30 with the reflash. My only problem with that car was that it really needed a few more horses to be competitive. So make it happen autoblog.
      Chad
      • 3 Years Ago
      I traded in my '10 XC 60 for the '12 R Design. My wife and I split the cost of the upgrade so the cost became a lot more tolerable. As a financial counselor, this was not easy for me. However, getting into this vehicle and driving it just clarifies the differences ... and the true worth of this near 50K vehicle. Since no media outlet that I have seen has tested this car, the myths are everywhere with a limited supply of facts. Let's start by flat out saying the power band is hardcore right off the bat all the way up to 6500 rpm. A 0-60 mph jaunt at less than 6 1/2 seconds. And for a non-V8 engine, in a crossover SUV that gets 23mph/gal at 65, this vehicle really makes me wonder just what kind of maintenance issues will be surfacing later. The interior is all high quality; leather two-tone seats, large sunroof, heated seats, (heated steering wheel should be added as well), safety standards galore that allow this car to drive itself. I would ask for quad exhaust (I am creating my own) and BMW drilled-out rotors purely for racing looks. Love the rims and low-profile Pirellis.
      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Provides more justification to the gearheads who have been saying a small bump in output is perfectly safe and reliable for the motor. Then the army of non-enthusiasts with a "hands-off-everything-because-my-brain-is-small" attitude would all chime in at once that it's not safe and very dangerous to tinker with your vehicle. And now an automaker is saying a 25hp 30ft/lb bump is perfectly safe and still within the margins of safety due to solid engineering. So what do you have to say *now* about that? Why do I hear crickets?
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