Last week on December 2nd, Volvo unveiled the new 2017 S90 sedan at their headquarters in Gothenberg, Sweden. Almost immediately, rumors began to spread about the possibility of a high-performance S90 Polestar in the near future. However, the source of the rumor was not some auto journalist with wild imagination, but it was the company’s CEO, Hakan Samuelsson.
In an interview with Autocar at the launch, Mr. Samuelsson said “You could have a high-performance variant without leaving the brand” and added “You could still have a nice car with smart design and functionality, but what’s wrong with a little performance?”
The S90 will make its global debut at the 2016 Detroit International Auto Show, but there is more good news. After its global debut at 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the V90 wagon will also spawn a high-performance variant, the V90 Polestar. Together, the S90 and V90 Polestar models will compete with segment rivals like the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Lexus GS, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, who all offer a high-performance version of their base sedans and wagons.
When they enter production, both the S90 and V90 Polestar models will be powered by the T8 Twin Engine set up, which combines a 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine and a plug-in hybrid system, which results in 400 horsepower and 443 lb.ft. torque, as the foundation. With some additional tuning from Polestar, the final power output of the S90 and V90 could easily reach the 500 horsepower and more than 500 lb.ft. torque. Also, like the regular S90 and V90 T8 models, all-wheel-drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard.
At the launch event, Volvo US’s chief, Lex Kerssemakers in an interview with Autocar said “A Polestar version of the S90 was not part of the plans yet”, but he did say “that a Polestar model would absolutely be a four-cylinder.”
So, as of this writing, Volvo officials have not confirmed that there indeed will be a Polestar version of the S90 and the V90, but based on what the CEO has said, the possibility of the S90 and V90 Polestar entering production is a lot higher than them not entering into production.
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