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Volvo Car UK launches Polestar Performance for Volvo owners wanting to enhance their vehicle's performance

16 July 2009

  • Volvo Car UK launches Polestar Performance for Volvo owners wanting to enhance their vehicle's performance
  • All upgrades carry a full Volvo warranty
  • Upgrade available on D5 185 PS engines in V70, XC70 and S80 from 1 August 2009, with XC90 due later this year

In conjunction with participation at the Brands Hatch round of the WTCC this weekend, Volvo Car UK and Polestar Racing AB have announced a new range of performance upgrades for Volvo road cars

A collaboration between Volvo's Racing Team, Polestar, and Volvo Car Corporation's powertrain department has produced ‘Polestar Performance’ - bespoke software that enhances vehicle performance. The software upgrade will be available from Volvo's UK dealer network and complies with EU emission regulations.

The performance upgrades will be made available on 1 August for the popular D5 185 PS engine fitted to the Volvo V70, XC70 and S80, while the XC90 will be available later this year. The engine control system upgrades offer a power increase of 20 horsepower to 205 PS, without affecting the car's fuel consumption in normal driving. After optimisation, the acceleration of the car improves on average by 0.5 seconds in both manual and Geartronic transmissions. Naturally, the car will also comply with the strict emissions regulations stipulated by EU legislation. Prices for the upgrade are £650 including VAT.

More importantly, all warranties from Volvo will apply. None of Polestar's power optimisation kits increase the car's top speed. As a result, standard brakes and tyres can be used.

The upgrades are being launched to coincide with the Volvo/Polestar Racing team's appearance in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at Brands Hatch this weekend.

The team is currently lying in second place in the Swedish Touring Car Series with two ethanol-powered Volvo C30 DRIVe race cars. This weekend, drivers Robert Dahlgren and Tommy Rustad will travel to Brands Hatch to test their skills against the world's best touring car drivers, during a one-off appearance at the latest round of the WTCC.

Robert Dahlgren said: "It will be very interesting and fun to see where we are compared to Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini that are now in the lead of the WTCC. I think we will have a good chance to deliver results."

"During the work to evolving our racing engines, we have developed the engine control system to achieve maximum power. We realised early on that we could offer this to all Volvo owners, and Volvo quickly showed an interest", says Christian Dahl, managing director of Polestar Racing AB.

Technical detail*

Volvo V70 D5 manual

Original - 09 models

Optimized

Max Output ECE

136 kW

151 kW

 

185 PS

205 PS

 

4000 rpm

3750 rpm

Torque

400 Nm

450 Nm

 

2000-2750 rpm

2000-2750 rpm

Acceleration (0-62 mph)

8.9 seconds

8.4 seconds

Maximum speed

140 mph

140 mph

Fuel consumption (urban)

32.8 mpg

32.8 mpg

Fuel consumption (x-urban)

49.6 mpg

49.6 mpg

Fuel consumption (combined)

42.2 mpg

42.2 mpg

CO2 emissions

178 g/km

178 g/km


Volvo V70 D5 Geartronic

Original - 09 models

Optimized

Max Output ECE

136 kW

151 kW

 

185 PS

205 PS

 

4000 rpm

3750 rpm

Torque

400 Nm

450 Nm

 

2000-2750 rpm

2000-2750 rpm

Acceleration (0-62 mph)

9.4 seconds

8.8 seconds

Maximum speed

134 mph

134 mph

Fuel consumption (urban)

28.0 mpg

28.0 mpg

Fuel consumption (x-urban)

47.1 mpg

47.1 mpg

Fuel consumption (combined)

37.7 mpg

37.7 mpg

CO2 emissions

199 g/km

199 g/km


Volvo XC70 D5 Geartronic

Original - 09 models

Optimized

Max Output ECE

136 kW

151 kW

 

185 PS

205 PS

 

4000 rpm

3750 rpm

Torque

400 Nm

450 Nm

 

2000-2750 rpm

2000-2750 rpm

Acceleration (0-62 mph)

9.9 seconds

9.4 seconds

Maximum speed

127 mph

127 mph

Fuel consumption (urban)

26.9 mpg

26.9 mpg

Fuel consumption (x-urban)

40.4 mpg

40.4 mpg

Fuel consumption (combined)

34.0 mpg

34.0 mpg

CO2 emissions

219 g/km

219 g/km

* Technical data for Volvo V70 AWD, XC70 manual and S80 models can be found on the Polestar website - http://www.polestar.se/. Volvo XC90 technical data is not yet available.

The Performance upgrades are not available on the new D5 205 PS engine which has recently been introduced to the V70, XC70 and S80 ranges

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