Polestar Performance increases the performance of your Volvo

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Polestar - When Driving Matters

Introducing Polestar, Volvo’s racing partner since 1996. Born on the racing circuits of Sweden and around the world, Polestar understands that races are not won in a single lap. To win races and championships, a car must reach the chequered flag. Every time. And in order to do so, it must be optimally balanced, safe and predictable. This same knowledge is applied to all Polestar’s products for road cars. So whether it’s a Polestar Performance Optimisation, Polestar Performance Parts, or a Polestar-engineered car, they all follow the same engineering philosophy.

Polestar Performance optimizes the power and torque in your Volvo. It makes the car more lively and fun to drive and increases safety in situations where you need extra performance, such as when passing. All this without increasing fuel consumption or affecting your Volvo's Original Warranty.

Power optimization is developed by Polestar's technicians, who have optimized Volvo cars for racing circuits since 1996. Our skills are well documented in the results lists. Our long collaboration with Volvo now makes it possible to offer power optimization for your Volvo, installed by your Volvo workshop, while retaining the Original Warranty. Now you no longer need to take risks with "chip tuning" to achieve an enhanced driving experience.


A Volvo with the Polestar Performance package has the same certified fuel consumption as the standard version. This is made possible by our efficient engine tuning, which only increases the power output when it is needed, i.e. for passing, long uphill gradients or driving with heavy trailers. This also means that the car's environmental impact remains unchanged and keeps within the limits for permitted certified emissions. In practice, it is fully possible to use Polestar's power optimization to reduce fuel consumption slightly, if you drive in an environmentally sound manner with rapid acceleration and maintain an even speed with low engine load.

Improved performance and higher safety in the hands of a driver with good judgment result in better engine performance and increased active safety in traffic. Better acceleration allows faster overtaking of slow-moving vehicles such as trucks, trailers and RVs. Quite simply, it reduces the time required to complete the pass. Volvo's original speed inhibitor is unchanged. We give your Volvo higher power output and better torque in the range the engine most often works in. Our racing drivers call this improving the car's drive-ability. They want the car to be optimized for racing. You want the car to be optimized for driving on streets and roads.

The Polestar Performance Optimization increases the performance of your Volvo, offering you an enhanced driving experience

The technology has been developed by Polestar in close co-operation with the power train engineers of Volvo Cars. The optimization is exclusively installed by authorized Volvo dealer and it is a quick installation that can easily be done while your car is in for a service or tire change.


The throttle response has been optimized for improved feedback and response, for example when overtaking or during active driving on a twisty road. The calibration means that the engine responds faster to the commands of the driver and thereby providing a more precise driving experience.


The gearshift speed has been increased for the car to accelerate faster and react more direct to the commands of the driver, for example when shifting down fast ahead of an overtaking maneuver. A faster gearbox provides the driver with more direct control of the car.


The gearshifts have been calibrated to provide a more direct and precise driving experience as well as faster acceleration. Gearshift points have been calibrated to efficiently utilize the optimized mid-range performance of the engine. The gear hold function holds the gear during cornering at high lateral g-forces, preventing unwanted gearshifts mid-corner that can unsettle the balance of the car.


The gearbox and engine has been calibrated to provide a faster response when the driver quickly lifts off the throttle for a brief moment, for example during a short period of braking ahead of a corner. These functions keep the car in balance during fast cornering and provide the drive with improved predictability and control of the car.


Polestar Performance can be installed by Tom Wood Volvo. If you have ordered in advance, the work is carried out promptly and you can pick your upgraded Volvo the same day. Installation could easily be made in conjunction with a regular service, tire change, installation of Volvo accessories or reconditioning. As with other Volvo Original Accessories, Polestar Performance can increase the resale value of your Volvo.

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Polestar Performance Optimisation

Drive-E is Volvo’s most advanced powertrain ever. As a result, the Polestar engineers focused on five critical performance areas when developing the new generation of Polestar optimisations. They took a holistic approach and developed software upgrades to both the engine and gearbox. Together, they deliver a faster, more precise and intuitive driving experience.

S60 and V60 Polestar

Polestar have created true drivers’ cars that are balanced and predictable by staying true to their engineering philosophy. Building on the inherently safe and dependable Volvo platform, Polestar cars are focused around the active driver. By providing a balanced, poised machine, driving enthusiasts will enjoy a vehicle that is equally at home on twisting country roads as it is on a busy highway, where comfort isn’t sacrificed despite the greater control you enjoy. To fully understand, you probably need to take one for a test drive. Enjoy.

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