2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine UK Spec Explained – Video
The 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine variant tops the Volvo XC60 range. Of course, it’s not actually twin-engined, despite being called Twin Engine.
Instead, the range topping XC60 pairs a supercharged and turbocharged 316bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine that drives the front wheels with an 86bhp electric motor that drives the rears.
That brings you 401bhp, with 134.5mpg.
Those economy figures are possible because you can plug the T8 in to the electric outlet, allowing you to motor on electric power alone for up to 28 miles. But beware longer trips without electric motor the fuel computer shows far less impressive 27mpg.
When you first unleash all 401bhp, 27mpg seems almost acceptable – the T8 feels outlandishly, almost incongruously rapid.
It’s quick off the mark, and fires through the mid-range like a methanol fuelled dragster wearing a look alike XC60 bodyshell.
At saner speeds the petrol four is smooth and refined, and the transitions between it and pure electric are subtle, it growls less pleasingly at high revs, but it’s never harsh.