Volvo Cars has announced a new Polestar-developed software upgrade that increases torque distribution to the rear wheels of cars equipped with all-wheel drive, something the Swedish brand promises will make for “more dynamic driving”.

The software increases the “amount and frequency” of torque distributed to the rear wheels, which Volvo claims improves steering with "enhanced turn-in, better control and engagement when cornering, and improved traction when pulling away”, ultimately delivering a “more engaging” drive.

The setting is engaged by selecting the vehicle’s dynamic drive mode or by disengaging its electronic stability control.

Volvo says its new Polestar AWD optimisation package will be offered for petrol and diesel models of the 90 Series and 60 Series as well as the XC40, although points out that it won’t be available for plug-in hybrid variants (which, of course, feature an electric rear axle drive system).

“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.
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