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This R-design has the Polestar optimization package that boosted hp from 316 to 330 and added 30 lb-ft of torque for a total 325. The extra power wasn't needed on this day, as the car has more than enough juice to navigate the curvy roads of rural Quebec. Throttle response is immediate with seamless gear shifting up through its eight-speed automatic transmission. And thanks to the presence of a supercharger, turbo lag is undetectable.
The wagon's all-wheel-drive system creates the necessary balance and road grip to handle those challenging corners with confidence. Even though the action gets frisky when pushed, the overall ride is smooth and soft, as a luxury hauler should be, replicating the coziness one feels while nestled in its sports seats. However, as the roads worsened, so did that smooth sailing ride. If there's a gripe, it would come down to its firm suspension that causes occupants to feel each road scar.
For all the thirsty action the V90 provided, it didn't suck up too much premium gas. It's fuel economy numbers are officially rated at 10.8 L/100 km in the city and 7.6 L/100 km on the highway, and I was achieved a respectable 8.5 over 200 kilometres.
It was a smooth and comfortable journey back to the Mirabel, but our day wasn't done. Volvo had another treat in store and that was in the form of S60 and V60 Polestars on the Circuit ICAR track. With recent news of Polestar becoming a stand alone electrified performance division of Volvo, there was some buzz in the air, but no additional news to report.
This session was all about bettering performance in a sports car package. The S60 and V60s proved over-and-over again the excitement it brings to the table with sharper throttle response, faster shifts especially in Sport-plus and superior braking abilities. .
But their performance begs the question: when will Volvo build a V90 R-design n Polestar? The Polestar optimization package kage adds some punch, but nothing tops the full-on Polestar product that provides an allperformance racing feel in a package that's at's still suitable for family life.
Unfortunately, Polestar fanatics will have ave to stay tuned, as Alexander Lvovich, Managaging Director at Volvo Canada confirmed it's t's only a rumour – for now, at least.
However, if there's ever a company that t will build such a rocketship of a wagon, it's s Volvo. From a marketing perspective, the V90 R-design is the quintessential concept pt car that would create a lot of buzz, but it's real and spectacular. It won't come close to accounting for the bulk of V90 sales, but the he 2018 R-design is a true testament of how wa a wagon can be made sexy again.