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February 6, 2012

Volvo Performance? Yes.

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Written by: Pete
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Volvo has always made high quality, luxury touring cars and SUV’s, that coddle their passengers in elegance and refinement in one of the safest forms of transport around.  Trying to change or better yet add to that image, Volvo has decided to offer an aftermarket tuning company’s performance products right from the factory and at the dealership.

Polestar has long been one of the only performance tuning companies whose products are solely designed for the Swedish carmakers products.  Now, for 2012, Volvo and Polestar have decided to team up not in the aftermarket realm but the factory realm as well.  Available for both brand new vehicles as well as select older models, Polestar has brought their ECU Tuning products to the public in a far more accessible way, the dealership.

The ‘Polestar Performance’ option is available in two ways.  One is on Volvos 2.5L Turbocharged 5-cylinder (T5) equipped models and the other is on their 3.0L Turbocharged 6-cylinder (T6) equipped models.  On the T5 motor this $1,295 option boosts power from 227 hp and 238 lb-ft of torque to 250 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.  On the T6 motor the $1,495 option boosts power from 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque to 325 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.  This option on the T6 motor makes that the most powerful Volvo motor ever offered.

The Polestar Performance option for the T5 motor is limited to the C30 T5 and C70 T5 as the S60 T5 already has it, in effect, making 250 hp and 266 lb-ft from in factory form.  The T6 option is available in the S60 T6 AWD, XC70 T6 AWD, and XC60 T6 AWD.  I can’t see why it wouldn’t be offered in the S80 T6 AWD but Volvo does not specifically mention that model.

Currently, no option of the sort is offered on any of the Volvo cars with the naturally-aspirated 3.2L V6 which unfortunately is the only engine offered on the XC90 full size SUV.

For those of you with a Volvo T5 or T6 powered car with a model year after 2007, stop by your local Volvo dealership and I am sure for similar costs they can add this much desired bit of performance to your vehicle as well.  Cars such as the discontinued S40 and V50 for instance.

Hopefully this is indicative of good things to come from Volvo in the performance department as this writer already believes they have already perfected a great luxury, safety, efficiency, practicality, and value when compared to their counterparts.  Performance is all that remains and it seems Volvo has figured that out.
Pick your poison and enjoy the ride, safely of course.  And check out good things to come from Polestar and Volvo evidenced by the crazy custom Polestar Volvo C30 seen here with 405 hp and a Haldex AWD drivetrain.

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