Polestar software upgrade delivers more rear-wheel torque in AWD Volvos

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Volvo 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), for more dynamic driving.

The optimization software, developed by the company’s new electric performance brand, Polestar, increases the amount and frequency of torque distributed to the rear wheels, improving steering with enhanced turn-in, better control and engagement when cornering, and improving traction when pulling away, delivering a more engaging drive.

“We are always fine-tuning the driving experience of Volvo cars,” said Henrik Green, senior VP of research and development at Volvo Cars. “And this upgrade makes the all-wheel drive both smoother and more dynamic.”

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

The new rear-wheel torque distribution feature adds another improvement to the latest Polestar software upgrade. The five existing areas include sharper throttle response, faster off-throttle response, quicker gear changes, optimized gearshift points and in-corner gear holding, as well as increased engine output.

The Polestar upgrade will be available for petrol and diesel models of the Volvo 90 series, 60 series and XC40 cars, from August 2018 onward.

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