The new 90 series sedan and wagon, equipped with Volvo’s new Drive-E engines, will offer a new Polestar Performance Optimization Package designed to improve the entire drivetrain. The S90 arrives this summer with the V90 wagon arriving in the U.S. in next year.
Polestar is Volvo’s performance sub-brand. While it doesn’t compare with Mercedes-Benz’s AMG or BMW’s M Performance divisions, Polestar tuning does provide a bit more power and sportier handling. The optimization package focuses on improving the entire drivetrain instead of just adding engine power. It fine tunes throttle response, off-throttle response, gearshift speed, and gearshift precision.
Volvo is being stingy when it comes to exact engine output numbers. But let’s take the new XC90 into consideration, since it’s already out there with the Polestar option. The XC90 optimization from the 2.0-liter turbo and supercharged four-cylinder is upgraded from 316 to 330 horses, and torque goes from 295 to 325 pound-feet. We’d expect the improvement numbers on the V90 and S90 to be in the same ballpark.
The package will arrive in Europe first, of course. It will debut on the D5 diesel S90 and V90 models. The gasoline T6 engine models will join after that. (Sorry no diesel version for America, folks.) Expect Volvo to add the Optimization Package to the North American T6, which arrives in November.