August 20, 2018 By C! Magazine Staff

AWD Volvos receive Polestar software upgrade

Volvo Cars has introduced a new Polestar-developed software upgrade that increases torque distribution to the rear wheels of Volvo cars equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD).

Developed by Polestar, the software increases the amount and frequency of torque distributed to the rear wheels. It improves the steering with an enhanced turn-in, better control and engagement in cornering, and revamped traction when pulling away. All these allow the delivery of a more engaging drive.

The AWD optimization is activated either by selecting the Dynamic drive mode, or when the Electronic Stability Control is disengaged.

“We are always fine-tuning the driving experience of Volvo cars, and this upgrade makes the all-wheel drive both smoother and more dynamic,” said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Volvo Cars.

The new rear-wheel torque distribution feature includes an additional optimization area to the latest Polestar software upgrade. The five existing areas include a sharper throttle response, faster off-throttle response, quicker gear changes, optimized gearshift points and in-corner gear holding, along with an increased engine output.

From August 2018 onwards, the Polestar AWD optimization will be available for petrol and diesel models of the Volvo 90 series, 60 series and the XC40 cars.

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