Volvo XC90 T8 Polestar revealed

Volvo XC90 T8 Polestar revealed

The most powerful Volvo ever is a large SUV with a plug-in hybrid powertrain tagged the XC90 T8 with Polestar Performance Optimisation.

Australian pricing is already available for the performance Volvo flagship and, while it does come with a hefty 314kW and 680Nm, it doesn’t come cheap.

Beyond the XC90 T8 priced from $122,950 plus on-road costs, the Polestar Performance Optimisation package adds around $1850 to the price – ‘around’ because labour costs vary from dealer to dealer, and including GST but plus another 33 per cent of the option price to cover the Luxury Car Tax (LCT).

Volvo -XC90-T8-Polestar -rearThe big chunk of Swedish metal’s 65kW/240Nm electric motor is unchanged, however the 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine it mates with gets a 15kW/40Nm bump to 250kW/440Nm.

Sadly there is not a Yamaha V8 engine in sight, despite the T8 model designation. However there is no arguing with a tenth pulled from this four-cylinder plug-in hybrid’s claimed 0-100km/h – now 5.5 seconds – nor the claims of improved throttle and automatic transmission response.

Volvo -XC90-T8-Polestar -sideIf the circa-$125K XC90 T8 with Polestar Performance Optimisation is still beyond the family budget, Volvo’s tuning company now provides other speedier and identically priced ($1850) packages for its large SUV range.

With the $89,950 XC90 D5 oiler, power moves from 165kW to 179kW and torque from 480Nm to 500Nm. In the case of the $93,950 XC90 T6 petrol, power shifts from 235kW to 249kW and torque from 400Nm to 440Nm.

Volvo -XC90-T8-Polestar -badgeFurther packages for other models in the Volvo range will follow, particularly as the S60 switches to MY17 specification and will deliver a 2.0-litre turbo and supercharged boost to its bespoke Polestar-badged sedan flagship.


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