Today’s ride is a crossover with a few badass touches.
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Today’s car comes from our reader Carl. Carl recently bought his 2019 Volvo XC60 T8 and has since been lightly modifying it to take on some weekend overlanding trips and mild off-road trails.
Under the Hood
The T8 powertrain in this XC60 makes use of a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder that powers the front wheels. Powering the rear wheels is an electric motor and a size-able battery pack. The two combine to make 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque.
Carl optioned his XC60 with the air suspension setup, which can vary the ride height, perfect for some off-road action. As you can clearly see, he also swapped the wheels and tires from the stock 19-inch rims with street-going all-seasons. Now, Carl’s XC60 has a set of beefy KO2 all-terrain tires riding on a set of 18-inch rims. More sidewall, more tread, more grip off-road.
To further help the XC60 off-road, Carl installed a set of OEM skid plates from Volvo, as well as a swing-away tow hitch spare tire mount for a full-size spare.
Needless to say, this is a different (and I think really cool) way to modify a brand new hybrid Volvo SUV. Carl reports no issues thus far and says that he is really enjoying his overland oriented XC60.
Carl currently lives in California, but we are working to see if we can’t get him and his Volvo out here to Colorado to put those KO2s to the test on Gold Mine Hill.
Thanks to Carl for sending us all this great info about his 2019 Volvo XC60 T8. If you want to read more about his experience putting those big KO2s on the XC60, you can check out his forum post about it here.
Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for the latest news, views & real-world reviews. Hopefully, we can get Carl out here for a video in the near future. In the meantime, why not check out how the non-hybrid T6 powertrain version of the XC60 handles Gold Mine Hill. The results will impress you: