Volvo is busy preparing a track-ready version of its XC90 luxury SUV as part of its plans to return to touring car racing in 2016.
The seven-seater may not be an obvious choice for competitive driving but Niels Moller of the firm’s Polestar performance branch is confident it can be a success. “People really like (SUVs) as urban cruisers,” Moller commented. “So why not have an XC that can go on the track as well?”
The standard XC90 already offers a great deal of power, so it would not take much to turn it into a touring car. The T8 Twin Engine AWD unit generates a potent 401bhp plus 400Nm of torque to make it a nimble mover. By stripping out the sophisticated cabin and removing most of the in-car technology to save weight, the model will go even quicker.
The SUV is not the only Volvo model getting the attention of the Polestar team. The brand’s Polestar S60 is set to receive a new engine. Volvo’s current four-cylinder petrol powertrain is being tweaked to produce up to 350bhp. A rapid hybrid engine is also under development which will use both turbocharging and supercharging, as well as cutting emissions by almost 50 percent.
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