Much as it did for the smaller S60, V60, and XC60, the new Polestar Performance Optimization package for the S90 and V90 is aimed at improving the vehicle's response to inputs from the throttle and shifter. The manufacturer has refrained from itemizing any empirical details in improvement to performance or output, but instead says it has focused on optimizing the engine and transmission to deliver a more engaging driving experience.
The upgrades are fully covered by warranty and certified for emissions and fuel consumption. They'll initially be offered on the D5 diesel powertrain option not available in North America, but will expand in October to the T6 model we will get here.
Even more promising, however, is what we hear Polestar has in store for the flagship Volvos in the future. According to Motor Trend, full-on performance versions of the S90 and V90 could be in the works with as much as 600 horsepower. That would be more than enough to take the fight to the likes of the Mercedes-AMG E63 and BMW M5, but instead of a turbocharged V8 powertrain, would be rather impressively based on the existing T8 plug-in hybrid setup that's built around a 2.0-liter inline-four. One way or another, we're sure we've not yet heard the last word on what Polestar can do with Gothenburg's latest.
The all-new Volvo S90 and V90 are now available for the new generation Polestar Performance Optimisation, adding even more driving pleasure and dynamism to the high base level of the new platform.
"We continue our work to enhance the performance of the new and class-leading platform of Volvo Cars. The S90 and V90 are cars that take the next step forward for premium performance and we are delighted to take that even further with the Polestar Performance Optimisation," said Niels Möller, COO of Polestar, the Volvo Cars Performance Brand.
The new generation Polestar optimisation moves away from only including increased engine performance to now include the entire drivetrain.
By optimising throttle response, gearshift speed, off-throttle response, gearshift precision, alongside engine performance, a new level of active drivability is achieved.
The philosophy behind the new optimisation comes from the engineers and racing drivers of Polestar Cyan Racing.
"I am genuinely excited to work with the same technology for our race cars and the performance optimisation for road cars. We are able to work with the same philosophy to create a completely balanced package with usable performance in all conditions, no matter if it is about winning a race or driving actively on your favourite roads," said Thed Björk, who drives a Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 with Drive-E technology in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
The first S90 and V90 model available for optimisation is the D5, with the T6 to become available in October 2016*.
All changes of the Polestar optimisations are made with certified emissions, fuel consumption, service intervals and Volvo warranties unchanged. Learn more about the new generation Polestar optimisation here.