Once a separate tuning firm for Volvo, Polestar then got bought up and brought in-house, only to be subsequently spun off as a standalone maker of performance-electric cars.
Altogether you get horsepower and lb-ft of torque. Happily, then, it comes set to a good balance point from the factory.
Firmer than the regular XC60 T8, unsurprisingly, but without sacrificing too much on-road comfort. Volvo had set up a convenient airstrip with cones for a slalom, and the Polestar — its suspension made a little stiffer — zig-zagged along nicely.
The bike should shame on and be ready to start. Try slap the bike. If it starts, you are just about done. You always mix the PS and the HP.
A far more telling test came in the acceleration and braking test. Pedal feel is more reassuring and predictable, too.
Unfortunately the occasionally jerky pick-up when you hit the gas pedal remains, the XC60 Polestar reacting better to judicious application of the accelerator with a consistent surge of acceleration. Put thoughts of a more upright hot-hatch to one side, then, and allow the Polestar Engineered ethos to whittle out its own niche.
The cabin is a crisp, clean vision of Swedish minimalism, with plenty of standard safety tech.
Rarity will likely count in its favor, too. While the regular XC60 has proved to be a hit for Volvo, second only in US sales numbers so far this year to the larger XC90, sightings of the Polestar variant are probably going to be few and far between.
Still, the XC60 Polestar Engineered gives more eager drivers something to throw around, and without sacrificing what makes the midsize crossover so appealing in the first place.
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