By on July 13, 2017

2018 Volvo XC60, Image: Volvo Cars

Not only is Volvo updating its aged XC60 crossover for the 2018 model year, it’s also turning up the heat. The handsome next-generation model will gain a Polestar-tuned T8 variant, Volvo’s performance arm has announced, meaning XC60 buyers will have a fourth output choice to select from this fall.

As you’ll recall, Polestar isn’t just a specialty house tasked with tuning Volvo products anymore. The Swedish automaker recently spun off Polestar into its own brand, with the tuning division rebranded as Polestar Engineered. It’s the latter entity that’s tasked with massaging 421 horsepower out of the top-flight hybrid version of the XC60.

However, now that Polestar is in the business of building its own standalone models, crossovers and sedans just won’t cut it. For its first Polestar-badged model, the new automaker wants a big, fast coupe.

According to Britain’s Autocar, the brand’s first model will be a sporty coupe, possibly bound for a September reveal at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Rumored to possess a 600-horsepower drivetrain, a carbon fiber-heavy body, and undoubtedly a steep sticker price, the model will almost certainly borrow its architecture from Volvo and parent company Geely.

Volvo designed its modular platforms with versatility in mind. For a specialty coupe, the SPA platform underpinning the next-generation Volvo S60 seems a likely candidate.

As for the powerplant, both divisions are vowing to make all future products electrified in some way, with Polestar becoming a purveyor of boutique performance hybrids. Don’t expect to find any more than four cylinders under the hood. One or more fully electric Polestar models could follow, though there’s even more mystery surrounding the identity of a second rumored model.

As for Volvo, the Polestar Engineered version of the XC60 combines gasoline and electric current to great effect. While the T8 plug-in hybrid version is no slouch, 407 combined horsepower from a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and rear electric motor clearly wasn’t enough for Volvo execs. With Polestar tuning, the model gains 21 hp and a boost in mid-range torque.

The go-fast Swedes have also worked their magic on the eight-speed automatic’s shift times which, coupled with the power bump, could bring the top-end XC60’s 0-60 mph time under five seconds. As it stands, the XC60 T8 makes the dash to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds.

[Image: Volvo Cars]

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8 Comments on “2018 Volvo XC60 Gains Hot Polestar Variant, but Newly Minted Performance Brand Wants a Super Coupe...”

  • avatar
    Corey Lewis

    So a FWD performance coupe which is a bit too small to be “super.” Why am I getting Altima 3.5 visions?

  • avatar

    Polestar: Boldly going where no four-banger has gone before.

  • avatar

    So, for $80K+ (guesstimate, based on $60K+ for 300 hp+ polestar sedans), you get around 400 hp in an SUV? Which a Macan turbo will eat for breakfast..

    • 0 avatar

      A Macan Turbo starts at $76K and 400hp, doesn’t it?

      The current non-Polestar XC90 Hybrid is … $53K and also 400hp.

      Unless you only care about the 0-60 time or the badge, $23k is a lot of money to get faster than 4.9 seconds to 60.

      (Plus it takes a Porsche to make Volvo maintenance look sensible…)

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    Volvo couldn’t sell coupes when coupes were popular, and now when coupes are not they want to try again? Good move, I’m sure it will be just as successful as going 100% electric.

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    Back when I was a kid in Toronto, every second hockey mom drove a 242 station wagon. They cluttered the place up. I can’t remember when I saw the last Volvo. It’s a shame. They were well-designed cars, safer than most for their time. And now I don’t even know where (or if) there is a dealer in the city.

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