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The Volvo S60 T8 Polestar Eng. and the Caravan as an example with a laden weight of 550 kg is a perfect match.

Weight

weight ratio
towball limit
stability

Flat roads

speed
acceleration
6th gear

Mountains

speed
hill starts
driving

25%

550 kg 2210 kg
50 kg


Score 17.4


50%

Good

  • Car is relatively heavy compared to caravan
  • Higher speeds are safely possible
  • Speed on motorways
  • Hill starts
  • More flexibility in payload
  • Higher revs uphill not necessary

Bad

  • Usability highest gear
  • Best pulling power at high revs


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Verdict

The Volvo S60 T8 Polestar Eng. and the Caravan as an example of a laden weight of 550 kg is an excellent combination for all journeys on all kinds of roads.

Weight

The chance of snaking is small even at higher speeds.

Flat roads

The performances of the engine of this outfit are in general very good. Under all conditions on motorways it is possible to drive with 60 mph in the 6th gear. In that case the engine runs approximately 2200 rpm, this gives maybe more noise than usually accustomed In a headwind or for example on a crossover there is no need to downshift immediately.

Mountains

On most motorways inclines (1:20) driving is easily possible in the 5th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 113 mph but maybe the engine is running better by somewhat more revs in the 4th gear). Hill starts are possible on steep slopes, theoretical up to 96%, if the wheels have sufficient traction. Because the car does not have enough power at low revs, we recommend a gradient of more than 49% not to drive.

Attention: This car can easily drive much faster with the caravan than is safe. So always keep an eye on your speed!


Results

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Weight
Towing limit
2000 kg
Weight ratio
25%
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(550 kg / 2210 kg)
Noseweight
Towball limit
100 kg
Advise
50 kg
Stability
Score at optimal noseweight
17.4
Infuence pay load
6%
Flat roads
Top speed
124 mph (5th gear)
At headwind
117 mph
Speed in practice
109 mph (5th gear)
Acceleration
0 - 60 mph
12.6 sec. - (max. 11.4 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
4.3 sec. - (max. 3.8 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
3th gear: 1.6 sec. (max. 1.8 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (8th) gear
unusable
Gears in practice
6th gear
5th gear
Revs at 60 mph
2178
2659
Percentage between accelerator
63% - 71%
40% - 45%
Power needed at 60 mph 1724 N
over: 927 N
over: 2426 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
109 mph - (113 mph)
In the
5th gear
Revs
4875 - (5041)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
3.5 sec. - (max. 3 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
5th gear
4th gear
By revs
2216
2644
Percentage accelerator
80%
54%
Hill starts
Maximum incline
85.4% - 103.5%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
5 mph - (13 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
46.2%
Maximum speed on 1:8
87 mph in the 3th gear

 

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Car
Volvo S60 T8 Polestar Eng.
Year
January 2020 - up to now
Power
kW (405 bhp) at rpm
Torque
Nm at - rpm
Kerbweight
kg user payload kg
Tyres
/ R
Gearbox
automatic with 8 gears and torque converter
Towing limit
kg (towball limit kg)
Caravan
Caravan as an example
Empty weight
kg Payload kg
MTPLM
kg
Height:
m. (8'5")
Overall width:
m. (7'7")
Overall body lenght:
m. (16'9")
Shipping length:
m. (20'10")
Actual gross train weight
2760 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight
kg

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