The difference here is that Polestar is focused on "electrification" and the first of the new-generation "Polestar Engineered" products will be the T8 version of the third-generation S60 sedan that's due to be revealed in a week from now. "This strategy is firmly grounded in our shared belief in an electric future for the auto industry". Polestar Engineered cars will use Brembo monoblock brakes with six-piston calipers, as well as new brake pads with increased heat tolerance.
Extra changes are largely cosmetic, the Polestar Engineered vehicle identified by a few gold highlights (that now the Polestar hallmark colour) inside and out, plus black chrome exhaust pipes. When the new S60 debuts later this month, Volvo will introduce its new Polestar Engineered tuning pack, which brings a host of upgrades to the company's 60-series models.
Volvo will reveal the new S60 next week at its first United States manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina.
These upgrades will be shown in full when the production S60 saloon is revealed in the U.S. next week.
The Brembo mono-block brake callipers are cast in one piece and optimised for rigidity.
A revised ECU raises the total power output of the Polestar Engineered to 409bhp - at least in the United States, though Volvo sources say that UK cars should be roughly the same. Instead there will be upgrades offered under the Polestar Engineered label. The yellow hue is to become the new hallmark color for Polestar. The software upgrades improve fuel consumption and emissions-neutral performance, and refines the automatic gear selection.
The regular T8 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine driving the front wheels supplemented by an electric motor at the back, giving a total of 385bhp.
Henrik Green, senior vice-president of research and development at Volvo, said that the parts have been "fine-tuned to work together, delivering a responsive and exciting driver's car".