The S60 T8 Polestar Engineered has us excited for Volvo’s electric future

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“Electric cars are our future,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO at Volvo Cars, and “today starts a new era of Volvo electrified models enhanced by Polestar’s performance engineering prowess.”

Indeed, Volvo recently announced that all of its future Polestar products – think Mercedes-Benz’s AMG or BMW’s M products – would be electric.

However, judging by the recent release of the S60 T8 Polestar Engineered, it might be more accurate to say that “electrification” is the future of Volvo.

Nonetheless, this latest S60 – Volvo’s premiere sports sedan, says Samuelsson – is an impressive piece of kit. Top-of-the-line Brembo monoblock six-pot calibers, painted in an eye-catching gold, now handle the braking duties, exclusive Ohlins shocks upgrade the suspension and the sway bar from the upcoming Polestar 1 makes body roll all but non-existent.

And lest you think this is just yet another cosmetic upgrade with no actual meat to match its sizzle, the upgraded electrified T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain has been upgraded to an M3-challenging 415 horsepower and a maximum 494 pound-feet of torque. I’ll remind readers that the basis of all Volvo powertrains is a feisty little turbocharged inline-four.

Volvo Cars new S60 Polestar Engineered

I’m not sure about Volvo’s plans to go fully electric, but anytime you can get almost 500 pound-feet from just two litres, sign me up.

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