Crossovers are rather interesting these days. Not only are they far removed from their mud-plugging ancestors, they've become more carlike to drive and can even offer sports car baiting power. Just look at the Porsche Macan Turbo, BMW X3 M, and Mercedes-AMG GLC63. But Volvo reckons they can take on the German establishment on their own terms.
With longtime collaborator Polestar, Volvo has brought their humble XC60 crossover, brought it to their in-house tuner, and pumped it up on steroids. The result is a 415 horsepower hybrid load lugger with all-wheel drive. So how did they do it?
They started with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and gave it an upgrade. After that, the accompanying electric motors have been beefed up as well, hence, the resulting 415 PS. Thanks to electric assistance, the torque figure is an impressive 670 Nm. It surpasses some of its six or eight-cylinder competition which stay in the region of 500 to 600 Nm. To keep things under control, the XC60 T8 Polestar packs Öhlins-tuned adjustable suspension, along with a meatier strut bar. Reeling it in are a set of larger ventilated discs with six-piston brake calipers.
But if crossovers aren't your thing, this same engine, suspension and brake combination can be paired to the S60 sedan and V60 wagon. Like the XC60, the Polestar-tuned S60 T8 and V60 T8 get 415 PS, 670 Nm of torque, all-wheel drive, Öhlins-tuned suspension, and bigger brakes.
While all three have the performance figures, the trio have relatively subdued exterior upgrades. The T8 versions of the S60, V60, and XC60 come with black chrome tail pipes, high-gloss black grille, wheel arch extensions and discreet Polestar Engineered emblems at the front and rear.