Famous for dropping more horsepower and torque in nearly every available Volvo model, ranging from the small C30 hatch to the V60 wagon, Polestar just added a new vehicle to its high-performance lineup. This time around, the Swedes got a hold of Volvo’s V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid wagon, turning it into a more powerful, yet still fuel efficient vehicle. Unlike other Polestar-tweaked Volvos, the hybrid wagon comes with minor, barely-noticeable exterior changes. On the flip-side, the powertrain updates are obvious enough to to make the package appealing to those in need of more horsepower and torque.
Polestar’s major achievement with the V60 D6 Plug-In Hybrid is that, although the wagon is slightly more powerful and quicker, mileage and CO2 emissions remain the same. That’s just about any driver’s dream and it says a lot about the company’s vast experience with Volvo engines. As expected, Polestar only touched the vehicle’s diesel engine, leaving the electric motor in its stock form. Read on to find out why the V60 D6 is the most powerful diesel model wearing a Volvo badge.
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Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid by Polestar in detail
As we’ve previously mentioned, Polestar meddled very little with the wagon’s exterior. At first glance, only a new set of tailpipes and the "Polestar" badges set this vehicle apart from the regular V60 D6 Plug-In Hybrid.
Bigger changes have occurred under the hood. Thanks to a new optimization package, the 2.4-liter, five-cylinder diesel engine generates an extra 15 horsepower and 22 pound-feet of torque over the standard unit. That’s a new output of 230 ponies and 347 pound-feet to pair with the 68 horses and 148 pound-feet cranked out by the electric motor motivating the rear wheels.
The upgraded drivetrain enables the wagon to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in exactly six seconds. The stock model reaches the same benchmark in 6.1 seconds. Sure, that’s not what we’d call a spectacular improvement, but it’s nothing to sneeze at, considering the wagon retains its fuel consumption and emission figures at 1.8 l/100km combined on the European cycle (130.6 mpg U.S.) and 48 g/km, respectively.
This mild performance package can be installed at a Volvo dealership near you and it doesn’t alter the company’s warranty.
Unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show , the Volvo V60 D6 Plug-In Hybrid is essentially a standard V60 wagon fitted with a hybrid powertrain. The wagon is motivated by an inline-five, diesel engine and an Electric Rear Axle Drive motor aided by a 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The former sends 215 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of twist to the front wheels, while the latter spins the rear axle to the tune of 68 ponies and 148 pound-feet.
The wagon comes with an all-wheel-drive mode, which enables the units to work at the same time. When used in all-electric mode, the V60 Plug-In Hybrid can travel up to 32 miles on a charge.
Gallery Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid
The latest model to be included in the Polestar Performance range is the Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid. The Polestar optimisation increases the power output to a total of 298 hp and 670 Nm, making it the strongest ever diesel model from Volvo.
”The Polestar optimisation for the V60 D6 combines a strong fuel economy with performance. We are happy to be able to offer the Volvo customers with more driving pleasure in combination with the latest hybrid technology, a very interesting area for the future,” said Hans Bååth, marketing director for Polestar.
The new optimisation increases the power of the diesel engine with 15 hp and 30 Nm, including an optimised power graph. Combined with the electric engine of 68 hp and 200 Nm, the performance figures are improved to 0-100 km/h in 6.0 seconds, this with unchanged fuel consumption and emission levels: 1.8 l/100 km and 48 g/km.
The optimisation makes the car more fun to drive, at the same time as it increases the safety in situations where you need extra performance, for example during an overtaking maneuver.
Polestar Performance is installed by your Volvo dealer with retained Volvo warranty. The work can be carried out in connection with a regular service, tyre change, installation of Volvo accessories or reconditioning. As with other Volvo Original Accessories, Polestar Performance can increase the resale value of your Volvo.