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Volvo Expands Availability Of Polestar Tuning Kits

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On: Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 12:21PM | By: Carl Malek


Volvo Expands Availability Of Polestar Tuning Kits

With Volvo's Drive-E engine family set to become a key component in the company's bid for increased sales and relevance in the luxury car market, Volvo has formally recommitted to a promise it made to Volvo enthusiasts claiming the the popular Polestar tuning kits, currently seen on models such as the S60 and V60, will make their way into the Drive-E family, and give customers who buy these three- and four-cylinder engines engines a chance to inject them with more fun and performance.

Developed through a collaboration of transmission maker Aisin Warner and Volvo's in-house research-and-development team, the kits supposedly borrow technology from the current generation S60 and V60 Polestar models. Both of these performance-focused models have been selling much faster than anticipated by the company—a second batch was produced, and served as the spark of inspiration for the tuning kits. The kits are primarily focused on improving engine performance, but also tweak other aspects of the driving experience such as off-throttle response, shift speed, and formal throttle response. The company has not released just how much of a noticeable improvement in performance Drive-E owners will experience, but expect the new kits to mirror the current offerings and be more of a subtle increase versus an outright injection of oomph.

Thed Bjork, a Swedish touring car driver who has won several championships while behind the wheel of Volvo- and Polestar-equipped racecars, highlighted the full potential of the kits, "The more exact response to driver input and predictability from the powertrain, the higher level of control for the driver." He elaborated further, revealing, "This is something we achieved with the new generation where we have focused on mid-range driveability for the engines and have combined that with a further developed gearbox and driving package. This is the next level of driving experience for Volvo cars."

The new kits are expected to be released near the end of June, with the initial availability limited to only the T6, T5, D5, and D4 engines. However, the company promises to broadly expand the range of kit availability beyond this group of engines with an additional 140 variations being added over the next several months, which should help them reach a wider range of Volvo buyers.

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