Future hot Volvos to feature electric axles and could be powered by diesel engines, company boss Hans Baath confirms

Future performance Volvos are set to feature electric rear axles and could even be diesel-powered, Polestar boss Hans Baath has revealed to Autocar.

Polestar, which has made its name running Volvo touring car teams, is being given increasing engineering influence at the Swedish firm and is already plotting the next generation of hot Volvos after the imminent V60 Polestar.

No engine in Volvo’s new Drive-E engine family – developed with Polestar’s involvement – will be larger than a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit, meaning a rethink for away from the traditional six and eight-cylinder models for future fast Volvos.

Expect future Polestar models to be four-wheel drive, with highly tuned four-pot Drive-E engines powering the front wheels and an electric motor and battery pack sending drive to the rear axle. 

“Power output [of the smaller engines] is not a problem – there’s so much ‘green’ technology that is from racing, such as low friction and roller cams – and electrification is logical because low-end torque is the weak spot in downsized engines,” said Baath. “It’s also interesting that we can use electrification to produce four-wheel-drive Volvo models.”

The engines in future Polestar cars may also not exclusively be petrol, according to Baath. “We absolutely see a performance diesel Polestar model in the future,” he said.

Polestar’s range should also extend beyond the V60 estate (and its S60 saloon sibling that’s sold elsewhere) in its next generation of cars. “We are looking into more car models,” Baath added. 

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12 May 2014

are best not used in one sentence unless used to say something is on fire and belching smoke.

12 May 2014

That doesn't make sense. Diesel doesn't burn very easily.

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