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Volvo livens things up with its most powerful car ever

The XC90 T8 Polestar sprints from 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds, according to Volvo
The XC90 T8 Polestar sprints from 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds, according to Volvo
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The S90 and V90 Polestars get throttle response, gear speed and precision, and engine performance upgrades
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The S90 and V90 Polestars get throttle response, gear speed and precision, and engine performance upgrades
Volvo announced the new S90 and V90 Polestars a week before the XC90 T8 Polestar
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Volvo announced the new S90 and V90 Polestars a week before the XC90 T8 Polestar
The Polestar version of the V90 estate
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The Polestar version of the V90 estate
The Volvo S90 Polestar will be offered with both diesel and gas engines
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The Volvo S90 Polestar will be offered with both diesel and gas engines
Volvo XC90 T8 Polestar
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Volvo XC90 T8 Polestar
The XC90 T8 Polestar sprints from 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds, according to Volvo
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The XC90 T8 Polestar sprints from 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds, according to Volvo
The T8 Twin Engine XC90 has both a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor
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The T8 Twin Engine XC90 has both a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor
The XC90 T8 Polestar debuts as the most powerful Volvo yet
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The XC90 T8 Polestar debuts as the most powerful Volvo yet

Since rounding out the 90 series lineup with the V90 estate back in February, Volvo has been focusing a little more downmarket, previewing the new 40 series while working on the new 60 series. Now it's circled back to the top, putting a Polestar cherry atop all three 90 series models. The XC90 T8 Polestar now becomes the most powerful Volvo ever.

Announced today, the new XC90 T8 Twin Engine Polestar Performance Optimization follows last year's debut of XC90 T6 and D5 Polestar options. The package increases the potency of the T8 hybrid powertrain to 421 hp (314 kW) and 501 lb-ft (680 Nm), up from 400 hp (298 kW) and 472 lb-ft (640 lb-ft) on the standard model.

More than just basic engine tuning, the Polestar package brings a multi-point modifications suite that improves throttle response; gearshift hold, speed and precision; and engine performance in the mid-range, promising more driving enjoyment all around. Volvo explains that the gearshift hold feature works to prevent unwanted shifting during high g-force cornering, thereby improving response and control.

The T8 Twin Engine XC90 has both a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor
The T8 Twin Engine XC90 has both a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor

While it's only modestly more powerful than the standard XC90 T8, Volvo calls the new Polestar its most powerful offering ever (we'll have to discount anything out of the trucks division). The performance model hits 62 mph (100 km/h) from stop in 5.5 seconds while offering estimated fuel consumption of 112 mpg-e (2.1 L/100 km), unchanged from the standard XC90. It can drive an estimated 26.7 miles (43 km) on battery power alone.

The XC90 T8 will be immediately available in select markets and will launch in the US in October. The EPA rates the standard XC90 T8 at 53 mpg-e (4.4 L/100km) in EV mode and 25 mpg (9.4 L/100km) combined city/highway driving.

Volvo announced the new S90 and V90 Polestars a week before the XC90 T8 Polestar
Volvo announced the new S90 and V90 Polestars a week before the XC90 T8 Polestar

The XC90 Polestar, which is available now, follows the S90 and V90 Polestar models (pictured above) announced last week, which feature similar multi-point performance upgrading.

Source: Volvo

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