The Swedish brand's in-house tuner increases mid-range muscle for easier highway passing.

Polestar’s Performance Optimization program aims to give owners extra grunt from the D5 diesel engine in the new Volvo S90 sedan and V90 wagon. The package focuses only on drivetrain upgrades unlike the complete transformation for the S60 and V60 Polestar. However, limiting the scope of the improvements lets Volvo keep the updates fairly affordable.

The Polestar Performance Optimization pushes the D5 2.0-liter biturbo diesel four-cylinder to 240 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. While only a modest upgrade from the stock 235 hp and 354 lb-ft, Volvo claims the upgrades put an emphasis on drivability in the middle of the rev range rather than on outright power. After a dealer installs the package, buyers should also feel better throttle response, quicker shifts from the automatic gearbox, and the transmission would hold gears longer during acceleration.

The mods also knock a tenth of a second off each model’s sprint to 62 miles per hour, which brings the S90 to 6.9 seconds and the V90 to 7.0 seconds. The changes don’t affect fuel economy or emissions, though.

The Polestar Performance Optimization is available in markets throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Customers in North America can’t get it, though, because the D5 isn’t available there. Prices vary by country. For example, the package costs 830 pounds ($1,210), including installation and tax, in the United Kingdom. In October, Polestar will roll out a similar package for the T5 gasoline-fueled 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, which will bring extra power to that powertrain too.

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Volvo S90 and V90 with Polestar Optimization

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The new Polestar optimisation now available for the Volvo S90 and V90

 

Polestar has launched the new generation of its performance optimisation for the new Volvo S90 and V90. Known as Polestar Performance Optimisation, it upgrades the entire drivetrain and further improves driving dynamics.

The S90 and V90 are the latest models launched on SPA, Volvo Cars’ new modular vehicle architecture that will underpin all new cars in Volvo’s 90 and 60 series. After bringing its new performance package to the XC90 already last year, Polestar now launches the same upgrades for the other two models in Volvo’s top-of-the-line 90 range.

Rather than simply increasing engine performance, Polestar Performance Optimisation upgrades the entire drivetrain. By improving throttle and off-throttle response, gearshift speed and precision, as well as overall engine performance, the S90 and V90 become even more dynamic and inspiring to drive.

”We continue to enhance the performance of Volvo’s new, class-leading SPA vehicle architecture and Drive-E powertrains. The S90 and V90 already offer excellent driving dynamics and we are delighted to raise the performance level even further with Polestar Performance Optimisation,” said Niels Möller, COO of Polestar, the Volvo Cars performance brand.

The performance package has been developed in close cooperation with the engineers and racing drivers of Polestar Cyan Racing.

”It is exciting to take the technology we use in our race cars and apply that to Volvo’s road cars. We have created a balanced package that provides performance in all conditions, whether you are winning a race or driving actively on your favourite roads,” said Thed Björk, who drives a Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 with Drive-E technology in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

The performance package has been developed in close cooperation with the engineers and racing drivers of Polestar Cyan Racing.

”It is exciting to take the technology we use in our race cars and apply that to Volvo’s road cars. We have created a balanced package that provides performance in all conditions, whether you are winning a race or driving actively on your favourite roads,” said Thed Björk, who drives a Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 with Drive-E technology in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

The first S90/V90 variant available for optimisation is the D5 diesel, while a performance package for the T6 petrol version will be available from October 2016*.

All changes as part of the Polestar performance package are made with certified emissions, fuel consumption, service intervals and Volvo warranties unchanged. Learn more about the new generation Polestar optimisation here.

The first S90 and V90 model available for optimisation is the D5, with the T6 to become available in October 2016*.

All changes of the Polestar optimisations are made with certified emissions, fuel consumption, service intervals and Volvo warranties unchanged.

Learn more about the new generation Polestar optimisation here.

Visit our model overview to see if your Volvo can be Polestar optimised.

About Polestar
Polestar is the performance brand of Volvo Cars. The company was founded as a motorsport team in 1996 and has been successful in numerous championships, racing with various Volvo models. In 2009, Polestar started to offer performance related products and thereby intensified the business relations with Volvo Cars. The first performance cars, based on Volvo’s S60 and V60, were launched in 2014.
In 2015, Volvo Cars acquired the performance unit of Polestar, as a strong commitment towards a credible performance offer and with the mission to define future premium performance.

* = Release timing and availability may vary; contact your local Volvo dealer for further information.