Push It: Volvo's Got a Solution for Owners Wanting a Livelier Rear End

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
push it volvo s got a solution for owners wanting a livelier rear end

If only all automakers had what Volvo’s offering. Starting this month, buyers wishing for more of a sports car experience from their all-wheel drive, non-hybrid Volvo can hack some more attitude into it. On Wednesday, the Swedish automaker announced the availability of new software developed by its Polestar performance division that should do the trick.

Job One for this software? Send more torque to the rear wheels.

Clearly, Volvo’s heard cries from owners wishing for less tug and more shove. Hybrid owners already enjoy rear-biased AWD, Volvo said, as the electric motors powering those rear hoops deliver more twist. Gas and diesel models are another story.

Available on 90, 60, and XC40 series Volvos, the Polestar-derived software upgrade only applies to 2019 model year cars. Sorry, 2018 owners, you’ll just have to toss that car a little harder to break the rear end loose. For applicable owners, the newfound dynamics won’t be a constant. Volvo claims the software only activates when a driver engages Dynamic mode, or when the stability control’s turned off. Only then does the car’s brain know the owner wants to play.

It’s not just the amount of torque sent rearward. The upgrade promises “sharper throttle response, faster off-throttle response, quicker gear changes, optimised gearshift points and in-corner gear holding, as well as increased engine output.”

Naturally, there’s a big caveat: Volvo hasn’t said whether North American owners can join the tail-happy party.

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Aug 16, 2018

    Useless complication. Will create more problems than solve. Weight distribution in FWD car is not good enough for RWD, unless they put battery somewhere in the rear. Who needs RWD Volvo anyway? There are so many much better authentic options on the market if you need RWD.

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    • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Aug 17, 2018

      @cammark Yeah exactly, Chevy Silverado - you always carry load in the bed.

  • Indi500fan Indi500fan on Aug 16, 2018

    Doesn't every Volvo station wagon driver want to look like Steve Kinser riding the cushion at Eldora?

  • Asdf Asdf on Aug 17, 2018

    Volvo is a CHINESE automaker, not Swedish.

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    • Garrett Garrett on Aug 17, 2018

      @Asdf I’m totally an agent of the Chinese government, intent on fooling the people of the Internet into believing that Volvo is Swedish. How did you figure it out? Now, to be serious: cui bono? Seriously, answer that. Explain why this ruse is happening, and who benefits, and what the insidious end game is.

  • Danio3834 Danio3834 on Aug 17, 2018

    I've never been much of a fan of Volvo's design until the most recent 90. That's a nice looking big wagon, just too bad it doesn't have a 3rd row. Actually want.