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All told, Volvo’s three-liter inline six is bumped up to 325 horsepower with Polestar tuning, a useful gain of 25 horses over standard models. Torque makes a similar jump to 354 pound-feet, an increase of 29. According to Volvo, those figures are good enough for a 6.6-second run to 60 miles per hour – more than acceptable for a vehicle of this ilk, and .3 seconds quicker than non-Polestar models. Better yet, it feels about that quick from behind the wheel, with a surging midrange and a strong pull to redline. Fuel mileage on regular gas comes in at 17 miles per gallon city and 23 highway – right in line with competitors like the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK. Polestar tuning comes standard on the XC60 R-Design, which resolves one of our complaints about the 2011 model, which saw no boost in power over other XC60 models. In a nod to past buyers of Volvo’s turbocharged machine, the Polestar tuning can be added at the dealership to previous-year models that use the T6 engine at a cost of $1,495. While that sounds pretty spendy for a software update, we think most performance-minded enthusiasts would jump at the chance to add such worthwhile gains in horsepower and torque for that sum. Fully electronic all-wheel drive comes standard on the XC60 T6 R-Design, and it works flawlessly. Power is automatically diverted to the wheel with the most traction, and, while we can’t see anybody taking the XC60 R-Design on any hardcore off-road trails, it provides an added dose of confidence when the roads get wet or slick. Brake performance, too, feels solid, safe and secure.
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