Volvo announced today that it will release a new Polestar software update for a variety of new Volvo vehicles with all-wheel drive. The software will increase the amount of torque sent to the rear wheels, in addition to the frequency with which the torque is distributed rearward. It kicks in when the vehicle is put in Dynamic mode, or when the stability control is turned off.
The automaker says the upgrade will improve cornering and traction when exiting corners, in addition to enhancing the steering turn-in. This builds uponthat boosted throttle response, hastened gear changes, tweaked shift points and overall engine output. That update came out in July 2017 and ramped up the 's output from 407 horsepower to 421.
The new software can be applied to every new all-wheel-drive Volvo vehicle built on the CMA and SPA platforms, with the exception of plug-in hybrids, which already have additional rear torque bias. Thus, this upgrade covers Volvo's 90 series (S90, V90, XC90), 60 series (S60, V60, XC60) and the XC40. Polestar's tweaks remain covered under the factory warranty, as well.
Sadly, neither update is yet available in the US. Volvo didn't immediately return a request for comment, but I imagine that if the demand is there, and if the upgrades conform to federal vehicle standards, it shouldn't be too difficult to bring it Stateside. People are well and truly digging performance SUVs these days.