Upcoming Polestar models from Volvo will receive electric rear axles, diesel engines

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 20, 2014

According to the latest reports from Autocar, the upcoming performance models from Volvo will be fitted with electric rear axles and diesel engines. These words came from Polestar boss Hand Baath. For those who don’t know, Polestar made its name running Volvo touring car teams and is already working on the next-generation hot models from the Swedish company.

We also found out that the new engines will not be larger than a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit, which means that Volvo will ditch the traditional six and eight-cylinder engines.

As a result, the upcoming Polestar models will be four-wheel-drive (AWD) and use tuned four-cylinder Drive-E engines that deliver to power to the front wheels, while the electric motor and battery pack will send the power to the rear axle.

According to Polestar, there is not a problem to use smaller engines as the green technology from racing will help them because low-end torque is the weak spot in downsized engines.

Baath also said that the company sees a performance diesel-powered Polestar model in the future. We also expect to see more Polestar models as Baath said that they are currently looking into more car models.

An S80 by Polestar would be the perfect addition in our opinion, but we still need to see that Mr. Baath has to say about this.

The latest addition in the Polestar range was the 2014 Volvo V60 Polestar, which uses a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbocharged T6 engine that delivers an impressive 350 hp (257 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque.

This model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph. [source: Autocar]

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