Ten awards for Volvo’s Polestar

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THE 270 kW en­gine in the new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar, one of the most pow­er­ful four-cylin­der pro­duc­tion en­gines in the world, has been awarded the pres­ti­gious 2017 Wards 10 Best En­gines tro­phy.

“Not long ago, a newly de­signed en­gine that could achieve 100 horse­power per litre was a big deal. To­day, Polestar and Volvo blow way past that mark, achiev­ing a re­mark­able 184 horse­power (135 kW) per litre from the 2.0-litre four-cylin­der Drive-E en­gine in the S60 and V60 Polestar. It’s a thresh­old never be­fore seen in our com­pe­ti­tion,” wrote the edi­tors of Ward­sAuto in their jury re­port.

In win­ning the award, the S60/ V60 Polestar en­gine faced off against 40 other nom­i­nated en­gines and mod­els, in­clud­ing the BMW M2, Jaguar XE and Porsche 718 Cay­man.

“We set out to in­crease per­for­mance and driv­abil­ity, at the same time low­er­ing con­sump­tion as well as emis­sions with our new en­gine,” said Niels Möller, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at Polestar.

“With the strong ef­forts of our de­vel­op­ment team in com­bi­na­tion with the cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy of the Volvo Cars Drive-E en­gine fam­ily, we achieved what we set out to do. This en­gine is the cul­mi­na­tion of the de­vel­op­ment work that we started in 2009 with the pow­er­train op­ti­mi­sa­tion pro­gramme and we are proud to re­ceive this recog­ni­tion from Ward­sAuto as a tes­ta­ment to our phi­los­o­phy.”

The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar, shar­ing en­gine tech­nol­ogy with the S60 Polestar WTCC race car in which Thed Björk re­cently won at Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Race­way, are avail­able in 47 mar­kets around the globe. In South Africa, the S60 Polestar with its up­graded Drive-E pow­er­train, was im­ported for 2016 in a lim­ited run of just 45 units.

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