Just like Rolls-Royce, the Volvos are never built to go sideways and burn rubber. They are meant to be as gentle as possible, to waft along the motorway in a dignified manner. But then, they also want you to try having some fun.
Which is why the Polestar division has come up with a software upgrade that increases torque distribution to the rear wheels of Volvo Cars equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD), for a more “dynamic driving”.
The AWD optimisation is engaged simply by selecting the Dynamic drive mode, or when Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is disengaged.
The software increases the amount and frequency of torque distributed to the rear wheels, improving steering with enhanced turn-in, better control and engagement when cornering, and improved traction when pulling away, delivering a more engaging drive, the company explains.
The optimisation takes care of few more things as well, including sharper throttle response, faster off-throttle response, quicker gear changes, optimised gearshift points and in-corner gear holding, and increased engine output.
The Polestar AWD optimisation will be available for petrol and diesel models of new 90 Series, new 60 Series and XC40 cars.
The plug-in hybrid models such as T8 Twin Engine and T6 Twin Engine which feature an electric rear axle drive (ERAD), already provide a rear-drive bias and do not require further AWD optimisation.