Could the Volvo XC90 Polestar Be a 450-Horsepower Crossover?

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
could the volvo xc90 polestar be a 450 horsepower crossover

This one we should have seen in the cards already: Last month, Volvo announced that it purchased Volvo tuner Polestar to bring in-house and churning out more models for eager hands.

Last year, Volvo announced it had developed a triple-turbo, 2-liter four that could produce 450 horsepower.

It’s entirely likely, TTAC has learned, that the two will meet in a Polestar-branded XC90.

Details about the car were few and far between, but the engine combination and newly branded vehicle would up the ante on what Volvo powertrain chief told Auto Express earlier this year.

Instead of slotting between the 316-horsepower XC90 T6 and the 400-horsepower hybrid T8, the Polestar version would offer the 450-horsepower variant, with a 48-volt supercharger boosting twin turbochargers on the craziest family crossover.

According to Car and Driver’s report on driving the engine in an S60 mule, there’ll be kinks for Polestar engineers to figure out if they opt for the 450-horsepower mill, but it’s up to us to imagine the possibilities.

Auto Express reported that all the likely characteristics of a Polestar-branded car should be there in the XC90: Rebel Blue paintwork, beefy brakes and R Design inspired body.

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  • Kmars2009 Kmars2009 on Sep 16, 2015

    The old XC90 production has been moved to China, and will be sold as the XC90 China. The new XC90 sold everywhere else, will be built in SWEDEN. Please lets get this straight. In addition, people in the U.S. seem to love premium prodocts made in China. That's how APPLE makes so much money. Overcharging people for stuff made for pennies on the dollar. And nobody complains about APPLE. Until they find out the hard way. But HEY! They're cool...right?

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    • Fvfvsix Fvfvsix on Sep 17, 2015

      @kmars2009 I'm sure you wouldn't be surprised to hear that I would prefer my Apple products be assembled in a country that isn't actively involved in a trade war with my own country. That's why I'd happily buy a Mac Pro over an iMac. And duh yourself (I'm completely aware of the country of origin of the Volvo and its underlying componentry) - my point remains... Geely needs to take this to heart. If they want to sell whatever Volvo they're hocking to most folks in Europe and North America, it shouldn't be assembled in China. The COO of our iPhones doesn't change that.

  • Heavy handle Heavy handle on Sep 16, 2015

    This answers the question "I wonder where the Saab engineers are working now?" If that's the case, reliability shouldn't be a concern. They know how to build million kilometer engines.

    • Fvfvsix Fvfvsix on Sep 16, 2015

      I can't even get three ceiling fans to be perfectly reliable over a 10 year period. I'm not ready to accept any reliability clam on a triple-pumped engine that puts out 200HP/liter.

  • Kmars2009 Kmars2009 on Sep 16, 2015

    Poor SAAB! They were unique...before GM.

  • Andyinatl Andyinatl on Sep 17, 2015

    I'm liking this... Having had multiple Volvos over the years (though none at the moment), i can say this is the only european brand i'd feel safe buying used.