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We knew it wouldn't be long before the aftermarket got hold of the exciting Polestar models, and start improving on an already awesome automobile! :)

RICA Engineering is at the forefront and has just introduced their ECU upgrade for your S60/V60 Polestar!

With gains of 30bhp and 48ftlbs, we're now looking at the Polestar model producing a total of 380bhp and 417ftlbs respectively! Maximum torque is delivered 500rpm earlier at 2500rpm and the rev limiter has been raised to 6750rpm! RICA has also modified the gearbox to accommodate for the additional power plus manage shifting manually in Sport mode to 6750rpm!

To do this upgrade we would need to send the ECU to RICA and then the i-Softloader will be compatible with their car. You can switch between the original and optimized RICA software and handle future updates after servicing.

For more information, please refer to RICA's product page

Here's a fun photo of our R's with a Polestar S60 from one of our local meets :)


Comment below, PM or email us if you have any questions! :)

Cheers,

Humza
 

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That's awesome that a tuner was able to make the readily available already! Just a question, have they made a tune for R-Design owners who already have the regular Polestar tune; I noticed they have just for the regular T6 to bring it from 300hp to 330hp.
 

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wow, that was fast. But at 2,500 Euro's 3,166.00 USD, kinda spendy.
 

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Is there a dyno chart available? It sounds like all the power is in the mid-range. I wonder how much extra there is at the top of the rev range. I wouldn't think they would increase the limiter if there isn't power to be made up there.
 

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geez...that Polestar edition looks like a crossover next to the Rs.

oh and you modified the gearbox SOFTWARE....which will probably grenade it on down the road....the TF-80SC was already at its reliability limits...
 

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Lol, those R's are slammed, put it next to a stock car, it's all relative.
 

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Interesting, I guess if we start with the T6 300hp baseline and compare the enhancements:

RD: 25hp w/ tune (325)
P*: 45hp w/ turbo, exhaust & tune (345)
RICA: 75hp w/ turbo, exhaust & tune (375-380-ish)

Can the RICA tune not include a gearbox update? The Polestar configuration is pretty nice, wouldn't want to mess with too many variables to maintain longevity. Some P2 Geartronic owners have tuned well into the high 300hp range and if I recall correctly, the transmissions have held together just fine.

Perhaps we can convince our friends at Polestar will unleash a little more hp for 2016 or as an over the counter accessory update so Volvo can maintain their fleet EPA requirements when the vehicle is sold new.
 

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Interesting, I guess if we start with the T6 300hp baseline and compare the enhancements:

RD: 25hp w/ tune (325)
P*: 45hp w/ turbo, exhaust & tune (345)
RICA: 75hp w/ turbo, exhaust & tune (375-380-ish)

Can the RICA tune not include a gearbox update? The Polestar configuration is pretty nice, wouldn't want to mess with too many variables to maintain longevity. Some P2 Geartronic owners have tuned well into the high 300hp range and if I recall correctly, the transmissions have held together just fine.

Perhaps we can convince our friends at Polestar will unleash a little more hp for 2016 or as an over the counter accessory update so Volvo can maintain their fleet EPA requirements when the vehicle is sold new.
I would feel better if Polestar themselves would offer a software enhancement direct. i.e. Polestar v. 1.1
Who better to increase their performance, which could also prevent voiding warranties.
 

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If Polestar ever releases an accessory update that would be awesome and I'd be all over it. Being a test case for after market software is not that appealing on a brand new car. I had too many issues with after market software on my last Volvo. Polestar didn't up the power that much over an RD, given a reworked turbo, bigger FMIC and exhaust, then again, they had to match the RD fuel economy per Volvo. I am not unhappy with the power delivery of the Polestar, on the contrary I'm pretty happy with it, but if they made an update available that put a little more HP at the top end, and it didn't void the warranty, I would buy it.
 

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The masters of tuning later Volvos, MTE in Sweden, quote 360bhp and 520nm with just a simple software upgrade and no hardware changes on the later T6's post 2011.

I wonder what they have got from the p*?

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Torque is what breaks things (ie transmission). All these cars have plenty of torque (I mean you always want more). What they really need is a turbo that can hold boost all the way to readline. Same tq level but hp well in the 400s. When I data logged my car it made something like 16.6 psi at 3k but only 9psi by redline. The unfortunate thing is all the tuning in the world doesnt make up for a turbo that just can flow enough air. I'd happily take 300 or 400 more RPM of lag for more top end. IIRC correctly when I was logging it was slightly faster to shortshift the car at 5500rpm.
So while I'm excited to see them playing with the car. A slight turbo upgrade for all T6s with software will be ideal. If thats not available by the time mines out of warranty I'll be pretty bummed.
 

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So someone set me straight in my thinking...... But why spend r&d dollars on a vehicle that there are 80 of in the states , 750 worldwide , when you don't have a tune that can be delivered for the regular t5 and t6 and t6 r-design where thousands and thousands of vehicles are out there sold since 2011? You may have a tune for these vehicles but have no way to get the tune in our cars without car being in one of your facilities on site, or am I incorrect on the information I have here? Additionally, what % or the 80 US owners of the polestar are going to want to void their warranty right away? What % of the thousands of us whose warranty is expiring soon 2011 and 2012 t5 and t6 owners , are looking for increased performance in our vehicles?. I'm just saying I think your r&d dollars would be better spent on the standard 2011-2014 cars rather than a one off limited production vehicle. Maybe I'm wrong ....


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So someone set me straight in my thinking...... But why spend r&d dollars on a vehicle that there are 80 of in the states , 750 worldwide , when you don't have a tune that can be delivered for the regular t5 and t6 and t6 r-design where thousands and thousands of vehicles are out there sold since 2011? You may have a tune for these vehicles but have no way to get the tune in our cars without car being in one of your facilities on site, or am I incorrect on the information I have here? Additionally, what % or the 80 US owners of the polestar are going to want to void their warranty right away? What % of the thousands of us whose warranty is expiring soon 2011 and 2012 t5 and t6 owners , are looking for increased performance in our vehicles?. I'm just saying I think your r&d dollars would be better spent on the standard 2011-2014 cars rather than a one off limited production vehicle. Maybe I'm wrong ....


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Perhaps the T5 and T6 engines simply don't have the capacity for significantly more power with only a tune?
 
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