2021 Volvo S90 Recharge: What Is It? Volvo has for a while now offered the S90 in plug-in hybrid form. The powertrain consists of a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 engine, which makes 313 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, combined with a rear electric motor rated for 87 hp and 177 lb-ft.
Not only does the rear motor give the S90 its all-wheel-drive capability and (limited) electric-power-only range (a lot more on this in a moment), the motor teams with the gasoline engine to produce claimed total peak outputs of 400 hp and 472 lb-ft (which we’ll agree might be possible in the lower gears).
Along with an eight-speed Aisin automatic gearbox, the engine/e-motor combo makes for a quick executive sedan despite the car’s 4,699-pound curb weight. We tested its acceleration and found it makes the 0-60-mph run in 4.7 seconds and covers the quarter mile in 13.3 seconds at 104.2 mph. It also stops well, coming to rest from 60 mph in 110 feet.
The 2021 Volvo S90 Recharge benefits from the same upgrades the company deployed across its entire vehicle lineup for this model year. Blind-spot monitoring, hands-free keyless entry, rear cross-traffic alert, and curve-adaptive LED headlights with automatic high-beams are now standard, as are LED foglights and power-folding auto-dimming side mirrors. Additionally, Volvo’s 90-series vehicles benefit from freshly revised looks, thanks to new front and rear fascias, taillights, wheel designs, and a rear spoiler.