Updates to the Volvo XC90 T8 Plug in Hybrid

A New Volvo XC90 T8

Volvo has recently increased the amount of horsepower for the new 2017 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid and made other significant changes to the vehicle’s handling. The hybrid XC90 T8 utilizes Polestar Performance Optimization.

Chief Operating Officer of Polestar, Niels Möller says:

”Just a week after the introduction of the S90 and V90 optimization, we move forward by launching our optimization for the exciting and technically advanced XC90 T8 Twin Engine. This gives customers who want a new level of driving pleasure with their XC90 an easily accessible and attractive performance increase.”

This upgrade, available in October, brings the car’s horsepower from 400 to 421 and from 472lb ft of torque to about 500. The throttle response and gearshift hold are also being updated. This will give the Volvo XC90 T8 not only increased power, but better handling. The updated gear hold function holds the selected gear during cornering at high lateral g-forces, preventing unwanted gearshifts mid-corner that can unsettle the balance of the car. Truly, this upgrade will provide Volvo XC90 customers with a whole new driving experience.

Thed Björk, reigning Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) champion, who drives a Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 with Drive-E technology in the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship says:

”It is amazing for me as a racing and development driver to be able to work with the same kind of technology and philosophy for the XC90 as with my S60 race car. While an SUV like the XC90 might be far from what we usually work with, the core of the optimization is the very same thing. It is about creating driving pleasure and usable performance, something I definitely think we have achieved”.

For more information on the Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid, you can visit Volvo’s site here.

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