What Is The Volvo Engineered by Polestar Upgrade?

The Volvo Engineered by Polestar package is a software upgrade with the ability to drastically improve performance on all Volvo Cars models from 2016 forward. Additionally, a Polestar engineered package is available on certain early Volvo Cars models, but eligibility depends on a few variables. You can easily determine if your early-model Volvo vehicle is eligible by speaking with a service advisor or by entering your VIN on the OEM's website. We'll outline some more of the specifications as you scroll.

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What Does the Polestar Performance Upgrade Add?

Imagine a world where your vehicle's response is in sync with your impulse. Imagine a world where a performance modification could happen without getting your hands dirty, removing an engine, or even upgrading your axles. The Volvo Polestar upgrade makes all of that possible. Twenty years of race-inspired technology goes right from us into your Volvo vehicle. Polestar optimization recalibrates the programmed specs in your engine, transmission, and final drive to give you a balanced and exhilarating experience. Here's what you can expect to see:

  • Faster throttle response
  • Enhanced mid-range power
  • Tighter shift points
  • Balanced gear holds
  • Mitigated drag on deceleration

The goal is for you to experience what we like to call a more "balanced and intuitive" drive. Additionally, those with AWD and eAWD models will receive an additional tuning spec to the rear-end, which improves torque and cornering. The Volvo Polestar Engineered package takes about an hour for us to do. Contrary to other vehicles and performance enhancements, there is absolutely no impact on fuel consumption or emissions.

How Much Does the Polestar Optimization Upgrade Cost?

Less than you might think. If you were to tune a transmission, engine, suspension, and final drives on a muscle car, you'd be shelling out about $10,000. Thanks to the benefits and efficacy of software upgrades, the Volvo Polestar upgrade is yours for approximately $1,300. You can save even more if you're a Costco Member. Ask a service writer how.

Polestar Optimization vs. Engineered by Polestar Trims

Whether you're new to the Volvo Cars brand or have been scanning our inventory for that perfect model, you've no doubt heard about certain models with a specialized trim Engineered by Polestar. So is that the same thing as Polestar optimization? Yes. And no. There are benefits and limitations to both variants. The following overview will flesh out the details:

  • Your Engineered by Polestar Trims - include the Volvo S60 Engineered by Polestar, the Volvo V60 Engineered by Polestar, and the Volvo XC60 Engineered by Polestar. All of these models are plug-in hybrids. All of them achieve 415 horsepower. All of them ride on a stiffer chassis. All of them use oversized Brembo® brakes. All of them have tunable suspension systems. And all of them have exclusive detailing such as emblems, embroidery, colors, wheels, and more. Models Engineered by Polestar are enhanced with both hardware and software.

  • Vehicles With Polestar Optimization - As you might suspect, these vehicles may or may not be hybrid models, and they won't have the limited edition styling and components as the Engineered by Polestar vehicles. However, the advantage of this Volvo Polestar upgrade is that it can work on nearly all fuel-injected models. In other words, you can drive any Volvo Cars model with the T4, T5, T6, B5, B6, or T8 powertrain and enjoy the benefit of Polestar optimization across all platforms. You cannot make a T6 Volvo S90 a vehicle Engineered by Polestar. But you can give her Polestar optimization.

Frequently Asked Questions

Volvo Polestar Engineered is a trim level that bestows next-level performance to select Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrid models. With decades of racetrack expertise backing Polestar, they begin by tuning the chassis for enhanced handling precision. The Polestar Engineered trim adds advanced Öhlins shocks for even greater agility, beefy six-piston Brembo® brakes for confident control, lightweight forged wheels for style and performance points, and most importantly, an improved power output.

Volvo Polestar Engineered models can launch from 0 to 60 mph in as fast as 4.1 seconds and develop up to 455 horsepower. They complement the high-performance thrills with fuel-saving hybrid efficiency.

You can find the Volvo Polestar Engineered trim level on select Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrid models for sale in Rockville, MD. Specifically, the Volvo S60 Recharge sedan, Volvo V60 Recharge wagon, and Volvo XC60 Recharge SUV have the Polestar Engineered trim level. The previous-generation Volvo S60 and Volvo V60 were also available as limited-edition Polestar models.

The Volvo Polestar Engineered trim level typically adds over 10 horsepower to the T8 eAWD powertrain. This trim level focuses on racetrack-ready handling, with powerful upgrades like a tuned chassis, high-performance Brembo® brakes, advanced Öhlins suspension, and specialized wheels to provide a refined yet agile ride.

The Polestar optimization software, though, typically adds around 25 horsepower to select gas-powered Volvo models.

DARCARS Volvo Cars. We Understand Performance

For the last two years, we've been nominated by TIME Magazine as Dealer of The Year. We know what it means to push the limits. We know that precision is required to rise above the norm. We know that, much like in racing, painstaking trial and error is always necessary for a podium finish. Much like the way Polestar Engineering operates, we've honed all of our processes.


Because we know it matters to you. A luxury vehicle experience is only as good as your first impression. We want you to love your vehicle equipped with Volvo Engineered by Polestar. We completely understand that your experience with us will make or break the lasting impression of the Volvo Cars brand and your vehicle. You're looking to drive a car with a sophisticated upgrade that's light-years ahead of the competition. Shouldn't your home team dealership be, too?

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