Wisdom is half the battle? Polestar accessories aren’t flashy, but they’ll surprise you when you want to get the most out of your Volvo.
The ordinary-looking V40 has the verve of a go-kart, and the teddy bear XC60 takes off. Polestar improves the performance of many Volvo models, with both petrol and diesel engines. For the smallest: S60, V60, XC60 and V40, complete packages of Polestar Performance Parts have been released for a while, which significantly modify the behavior of the car.
The joy of what? Pretend nothing happened. Contrary to conventional tuning, Polestar features are invisible. They are within the bounds of good taste, and should not even be seen. You can only order those that increase engine performance and change the suspension and braking characteristics to be more sporty.
The whole set, including accessories inside and outside the body, just shows that the car is “a little” different. The only thing that cannot be ignored immediately is the light alloy rims of efficiency and size taken for example. Along with them, there are low tires with the correct speed index. A closer examination of the exterior will reveal “darkened” rear glass housings, some changes to the shape of the spoilers and the number of exhaust pipes, and inside, aluminum pedal covers, sills and gear lever with the blue Polestar logo .
The Polestar company grew up making cars suitable for racing. He is associated with the Cyan Racing team. The track experience helps him make meaningful adjustments to the cars available to the “gray man”. Engine power usually increases by a few or a dozen horses, the increase in torque is comparable. The best parameters come mainly from “playing” with the engine control software. There is also a sports air filter in the package.
The numbers in the tables with technical data are not impressive, but behind the wheel the difference is clearly visible. High torque is available over a wide tuning range. The car, completed by Polestar, gets electric features: it accelerates very well “from the start” and emphasizes the back of the driver in the seat for a long time. This happens regardless of the model of Volvo, the type of engine or gearbox we are dealing with. The first impression is always good. Better than it can be seen from the missing fractions of a second from the time of acceleration to “hundreds”. For example, an S60 with a 350 HP gasoline engine reaches 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds.
Along with the engine, the software for the gearboxes that automatically change gears is modified. Gears make good use of engine performance, and designers sought to shorten shifting times.
The suspension, using Polestar Öhlins shock absorbers and stiff springs, is quite stiff, but not enough to annoy the passengers too much. Fixed attachment points. It is accompanied by brakes with Brembo discs and 6-piston calipers.
The car, even the height of the XC60, gains stability and is easy to “lead with the nose”, although the strong reliance on hard and fast corners could not be removed normally. Physics and that’s it! The modification of the exhaust system results in a more colorful sound, which is also quite nice. Again, like the other changes, the “melody” of the exhalation is evocative and pleasing to the ear, but not intrusive.
Polestar features do not affect the level of equipment of the car. They do not conflict with a good multimedia system, air conditioning or heated seats. Also in terms of performance, the Volvo and the Polestar package retain all of their best features, including standard cargo loads. Volvo guarantees the quality of the transformation.
In Sweden, the V40 modification kit costs about 6.7 thousand. euros, and 2.5 thousand to XC60. more. Somewhere in the middle is the S60 / V60. In return, you get a car that has everything that Volvo is usually valued for, and at the same time allows you to feel behind the wheel, as if you are in one of the most interesting but completely impossible sports cars.
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