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Polestar Engineered Optimisation

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A Polestar Engineered Optimisation is a performance package that combines more engine power and torque with enhancing powertrain adjustments. The result is a next level driving experience.

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Six upgrades available

It is our philosophy that you can always make a car faster and more balanced. Combined, the upgrades of the Polestar Engineered Optimisation deliver faster engine response and acceleration, making your car more powerful and dynamic.

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Power when you need it

Engine performance

When overtaking or otherwise accelerating, having ample power to call upon makes all the difference – all the way through the rpms, especially in the mid-range. A Polestar Engineered Optimisation increases horsepower with focus on the active driving, mid-range rpm interval, which is around 2 500–5 000 rpm in petrol models and 2 000–4 000 rpm in diesel. This delivers stronger acceleration and a more powerful overall feel.


Swift reactions

Throttle response

An optimised car is more prepared for what you want to do. It reacts to every nuance of your driving whenever traffic or driving circumstances change. The delay between gas pedal input and engine response has been reduced. The engine responds more directly making the car more agile. This provides confident power and direct acceleration on demand.

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Prepared to accelerate

Off-throttle response

While driving actively on a winding road, engine rpms are maintained even when braking. By doing so, the car is prepared for maximum acceleration out of the corner and able to harness the full potential of the Polestar Engineered Optimisation. Better off-throttle response means maintaining the engine rpm by not upshifting when braking or releasing the gas pedal momentarily. In turn, the higher rpm this creates reduces turbo lag and ensures the car is ready to accelerate. This provides faster response and more predictability.

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Power to the ground

Gear shift speed

Even milliseconds count when you are driving actively. The faster the car shifts gear, the more constant power you get. Every time a car shifts gear, it disconnects the power from the wheels for a short time. The shorter this period, the more power it receives, delivering faster reactions and acceleration when you need it.

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Corner control

Gear shift precision and hold

Staying in gear in a curve affects performance as it maintains tyre grip and increases control. This allows you to accelerate faster out of the corner. Any gear shifting during cornering can unsettle your car. The optimisation counters this by holding the optimal gear and maintaining higher rpm through the corner, ensuring the powertrain is ready to accelerate.

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Rear wheel power

AWD torque distribution

When driving actively you want the car to be as balanced as possible, with rear wheel power providing the grip that allows you to accelerate, for example out of corners. Normally, AWDs applies more power to the front wheels. With the Polestar Engineered Optimisation, more torque is redistributed to the rear wheels when you need improved traction at take-off and when cornering.

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The mark of performance

The exclusive Polestar Engineered rear badge subtly lets the world know your car has been optimised.

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In-display Polestar Engineered mode

Latest generation Volvos also have Polestar Engineered mode added to their drive mode selection menu.

Next-level performance with peace of mind.

Original warranties unaffected

An optimisation leaves your original warranty and service intervals unaffected.

Unchanged fuel consumption and emissions

An optimisation does not alter fuel consumption or emission levels.

Installation in less than 60 minutes

Our optimisations take about an hour to install – and are always carried out by authorised Volvo Cars retailers.

What upgrades will your car get?

Two factors define which upgrades a Polestar Engineered Optimisation adds to your Volvo. These are its power train and generation:

• All (SPA, CMA and Drive-e) automatic cars get five upgrades – AWD torque distribution is conditional, see below.
• All cars with manual transmission get two upgrades: Power when you need it (engine performance) and Swift reactions (throttle response).
• All Volvos of the latest generation (SPA and CMA platforms) with AWD, also get rear wheel power (AWD torque distribution).

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Contact your local Volvo retailer for more information about Polestar Optimised.

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Learn more and check if your Volvo can be optimised.


Polestar Engineered is an exclusive collaboration between Volvo and Polestar. Polestar’s engineers and race experienced test drivers develop and optimise Volvo cars. The collaboration ranges from limited edition models to software optimisations for almost all Volvo cars.

Polestar Engineered Optimisations are software-based upgrades to Volvo cars. Six important performance areas of the powertrain are improved to enhance the driving experience.

Polestar Engineered Optimisations take your Volvo car to the next level of performance. Increased mid-range power is combined with quicker reactions, optimised control and timings in the drivetrain.

The price of a Polestar Engineered Optimisation varies across different markets. Contact your local retailer for more information.

Most Volvo cars can be upgraded with a Polestar Engineered Optimisation. Through the model selector, it is easy to verify if your Volvo can be optimised.

Most Volvo retailers can install a Polestar Engineered Optimisation in your car. It only takes about an hour and can easily be combined with your next service. To ensure that a Polestar Engineered Optimisation is available for your car, please contact your retailer beforehand.

Polestar Engineered is a collaboration between Volvo and Polestar.

The best way to understand the benefits and how they change the car is a test drive. Please contact your dealer to arrange this. However, to summarise, here is what a Polestar Optimisation delivers:

• A more powerful and agile car. • A dynamic and emotionally satisfying driving experience. • Faster engine response and quicker acceleration. • Sportier gear shifts. • Better control during cornering due to the intelligent shift schedule. • Better balance in corners and traction at take-off (AWD).

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