2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid First Drive: 400 Placid Ponies ""

By | August 31, 2017


Volvo is not known to brag about horsepower. Not that Volvo has anything against horsepower—it wouldn’t have the Polestar performance brand if it did—it’s just that horsepower isn’t an area in which the Swedish firm tends to have much to brag about. Yet chief among the points Volvo has made time and again since introducing its all-new 2018 XC60 crossover is the impressive 400 horsepower produced by the XC60 T8’s complex plug-in-hybrid powertrain, the same setup found in the larger, seven-seat XC90 T8. That’s more horsepower than almost every crossover in its class, tying the standard Porsche Macan Turbo. Furthermore, its 472 lb-ft of torque exceeds that of the Macan Turbo with the Performance package by 30 lb-ft. Volvo won’t get to brag for long, with the upcoming 469-hp Mercedes-AMG GLC63 and 505-hp Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio poised to raise the bar in the not-too-distant future. But until those monsters arrive, Volvo can ride its high-horsepower high horse right into the 400-horsepower club, where Swedes have rarely been seen until now. READ MORE ››



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