Volvo's electric performance derivative, Polestarhas updated its Polestar Engineered Optimization Accessory software. The software only activates when the car is in its sportiest Dynamic drive mode or when the driver turns off the electronic stability control. The tweaked technique is capable of pushing more torque to the rear and a lot more usually, which signifies that the auto feels much more like a rear-wheel drive feel that Volvo promises effects in a sportier generate and much better managing.
The Polestar Engineered Optimization Accessory also sharpens automated gearshifts, holds gears about corners, offers a speedy throttle reaction and helps make the motor additional strong along with the new torque vectoring feature. This is available on all of Volvo’s four-wheel-push types. Given that it won’t utilize to Volvo’s plug-in hybrids given that the rear axle is entirely powered by the car’s electric motor.
Polestar Engineered Optimization Accessory costs £830 (around INR 74,000) with the software update adding no increase to the price. However, a current promotional offer has temporarily reduced the pack to £695 (around INR 62,000). Available on cars built on both the CMA and SPA platforms, the upgrades only apply to 2019 model year Volvos and onwards.
Though, the software upgrade will be available for everything from the small XC40 to the big XC90, however Volvo models equipped with the T6 Twin Engine or the plug-in T8 Twin Engine hybrid won’t get it. According to Volvo, it is because such vehicles already have an all-wheel drive system with a rear-wheel drive bias. Also, according to Polestar, the shuffling more torque to the rear axle, the frequency of how often it happens is also increased. Also, as it makes the all-wheel drive sedan or SUV more agile while cornering, the upgrade not only improves steering but also provides the driver with better control of the vehicle. Apart from this, the software update is claimed to boost traction.
The driver can either select their car’s ‘Dynamic’ mode or disable the Electronic Stability Control, in order to activate the software update. The update will be available via European dealers from later this month, and Polestar says it will offer other updates for owners that add power, improve throttle response and increase the transmission’s shift speed. According to Volvo, any owner opting for the upgrades will not jeopardize their factory warranty, as all the Polestar optimizations are compliant with the latest European WLTP fuel consumption and emission regulations.
Polestar is the official Volvo Cars performance company and brand, based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Polestar develops electric performance cars, high-performance cars based on Volvos and offers technical and cosmetic upgrades to enhance Volvo models. Polestar Performance was a division of Polestar along with the Polestar racing team till 2015. However, Volvo bought Polestar the same year. In order to compete with brands like Tesla Motors, in June 2017 Volvo announced Polestar would begin producing high-end electric performance cars under its own name and badge.
Under the Polestar brand name, the first Polestar branded car was introduced on 17 October 2017, Polestar 1. The car will be a luxurious 2+2 coupé inspired by Volvo's Coupé Concept in 2013 and will technically be based on the Volvo Scalable Product Architecture platform like the 60- and 90-series’ cars by Volvo. The drivetrain is a plug-in hybrid of an ICE and electro-motors, with a combined power output of 600 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque, vectored by two rear 110 hp producing motors. The car has a 46 hp per hour battery and a range of 150 km in pure electric mode. The Polestar 1 will be built in a new purpose-built Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, China.
Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Polestar 1.