“I’m not a killer but don’t push me”, a tame SUV eagerly showing off its dark side, proving it can be much more than a simple option for people living in the matrix. Siya Mbaduli recently met the Volvo XC60 Beast, a departure from the manufacturer’s usual offerings, injecting a touch of excitement into the equation.
What are we driving?
Cruising through, bystanders can’t help but question “Is that really a Volvo?” Momentary puzzled, they are not quite sure if they have mistaken this ominous-looking Swede for something that doesn’t hail from the automaker renowned for safety and innovation. As simple as that, this summarises the XC60 Beast’s unique finishing that differentiates it from the ‘vanilla’ models in the lineup.
Showcasing a glossy black wrap adorned with vibrant yellow accents, right down to the seat belts, the fully-loaded XC60 T8 takes it up a notch to what we are accustomed to from Volvo. It boasts revamped front and rear bumpers, coupled with a beefier exhaust system courtesy of Volvo’s favoured craftsmen at Heico Sportiv. To amplify its more vulgar disposition, the exhaust harmonizes with a performance software enhancement from in-house maestros Polestar, which is now available to local customers.
Why is the Volvo XC60 Beast 2.0 significant?
In simple terms, the XC60 T8 Recharge Beast stands out from the crowd. It’s powerful, yet eco-friendly. Under the metal, it boasts a 2,0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, complete with a supercharger and turbocharger, working alongside an electric hybrid system. This combination delivers a total of 340 kW of power and 709 N.m of torque. The power is efficiently managed through an eight-speed automatic transmission, driving all four wheels.
The Beast 2.0 is a unique design project, created to showcase the potential of customization. What makes it special is its ability to cater to those who want a taste of electric power without fully committing to an all-electric vehicle.
What’s new on the Volvo XC60 Beast 2.0?
Distinguishable from a mile away, the XC60 Beast sets itself apart from the typical Volvo. Unlike the standard Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge AWD Plus Bright model, the Beast 2.0 doesn’t hold back in the style department. It’s all about that distinctive black with a splash of yellow.
Picture this, a full black wrap with eye-catching yellow accents, smoked-out head and taillights, a roof box that perfectly matches the vehicle’s colour scheme and Black 21-inch five-spoke diamond-cut alloy wheels with bold yellow brake callipers. But the real star of the show? That would be the four-pipe exhaust system. It’s not just there for looks, it means business and provides surprising levels of adible satisfaction.
How much does the Volvo XC60 Beast 2.0 cost?
- Volvo XC60 Beast 2.0: R1 284 000
What i the Volvo XC60 beast 2.0 like to drive?
In Hybrid mode, the motors team up to prioritize efficiency. In scenarios like low-speed driving, the electric motor takes the lead, keeping things green. Switch to Pure mode, and you’re running fully on electric power. But for some blood-pumping action, flick it into Polestar mode – immediately exemplified by the sonorous exhaust system while both motors work in unison to deliver the everything they are capable of.
When venturing off the beaten path, the self-levelling air suspension steps in, making obstacle clearance a breeze. But perhaps the XC60 T8 Recharge’s standout feature is its impressive fuel efficiency, after spending a fair chunk of time behind the wheel, the Swede returned to its purveyors with an average fuel consumption of just 4,5L /100 km.
When not pursuing efficiency at higher speeds, driving the Beast is a reassuring experience with firm and precise steering. However, on windy days, the Roofbox can introduce a bit of sway on the road which is expected – did we mention it comes standard with this nifty Thule piece of kit further differentiating it from the more mundane? Inside, the Beast doesn’t stray far from the standard Volvo playbook – you’ll find the same familiar design layout and passenger space, ensuring a comfortable ride for everyone on board.
What are Volvo’s XC60 Beast 2.0 rivals?
Facing off against the Beast in terms of price and sporty appeal is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.0T Veloce Q4 which will set buyers back a tad less for R1 205 500. Unlike the Volvo, this Alfa packs a 2,0-litre engine without any electrified assistance, churning out 206 kW of power and 400 N.m of torque.
Then there’s the Audi SQ5 Sportback TFSI Quattro, with a heftier price tag of R1 451 100. Despite the higher asking price, it comes up short in terms of power compared to the Volvo. The 3,0-litre V6 TFSI engine delivers 260 kW of power and 500 N.m of torque.
The Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge Beast proved to be quite the silent assassin, elegantly blending the best of both automotive worlds. It’s a versatile car that gracefully navigates city streets but also transforms into an excellent choice for those long road trips where comfort and efficiency reign supreme. This car is a testament to what happens when a well-behaved, all-around good citizen decides to venture into uncharted territory.
In the realm of ride quality, the Volvo lives up to its reputation, offering a smooth and comfortable journey in true Volvo fashion. But what really grabs your attention is the Polestar exhaust system. It’s the standout feature, serving as a constant reminder that this vehicle can get down and dirty when needed, just like some of its more audacious competitors, with every satisfying pop and bang.