It's no secret that Volvo wants to speed up its lineup using hybrid drivetrains. In Polestar tune, such a setup should offer more performance as well as economy than the twin-charged 2.0 four-cylinder could ever do on its own.
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Looking at the competition, the picture gets even clearer. Audi needs five cylinders and an extra 500 cc to get 400 horsepower in the RS3, while Mercedes-Benz is currently developing a brand new four-cylinder to replace its 377 horsepower unit from the A45 AMG, simply because that 2.0 would fall apart if they pushed it any further in the next-generation. Since Volvo only has one engine to play with that currently produces 362 horses in the S60/V60 Polestars, the company will need all the electric juice it can get to keep up, even if being the fastest isn't what they're aiming for.
Volvo's North American head, Lex Keemakers put it like this late last year: "Copycat does not make any sense. We're not going to make the ultimate racing car; we want to make performance cars that are useable day in and day out, and that's what Polestar reflects." At Geneva, he also disclosed that the transformation has already begun, with all future Polestars getting the hybrid support from now on:
The teams are at the moment defining what exactly do we want, and how are we going to work with it, but one thing is absolutely for sure: Polestar is a showcase of what we can do. But it's not just putting a four-cylinder high-performance car out there. There'll always be some sort of electrification, in whatever way. The guys are defining the next step, but Polestars should be a reflection of what we stand for in respect of our capacity regarding powertrains, so yes. Some sort of electrification, whatever it may be.
"Whatever it may be" can mean as little as a simple electric turbo linked to a 48V electric system, but either way they go, the replacement of the current S60/V60 Polestars will mark the end of gas-only performance Volvos. Then again, with shiny new products like the XC60 SUV out there, there's more space for batteries for sure.