Volvo’s tuning partner Polestar will be offering some power boosting packages for virtually any five- or six-cylinder Volvos. That pretty much means the C30, C70, S40, and only the T6 version of the S60 and the XC60.
Thanks to some ECU work, increased boost, remapped throttle and advanced timing, the T5 is up to 250-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, up from 227-hp and 236 lb-ft. The T6’s results are just as enticing too: up to 325-hp and 354lb-ft of torque, up from 300-hp and 325 lb-ft of torques. Combine these packages with the preexisting R-Design packages and you could make your own little R concoctions, especially if you’re one to miss examples like the V70 and S60 R.
“Just a few weeks after announcing the performance package for select T5 models, we have already received tremendous feedback from our customers,” said Chris Dauerer, VCNA’s vice president of customer service. “With Polestar, we are able to deliver our performance-minded customers the enhanced driving package they have been looking for now across a variety of our carlines.”
And to make things even better, the T5 Polestar upgrade will only cost an additional $1,295 and $1,495 for the T6. Polestar also said their tweaks pretty much only involve the ECUs so packages are available for a wide range of old and new Volvos.
Volvo and the tuning firm both say that the software packages are fully warranted and the cars maintain their factory fuel-economy estimates. But, if you’re one to opt for one of these “boost” packages, we’ll bet that your mpg’s may suffer a little.
– By: Chris Chin