After teasing us with what was basically a massive jigsaw, the Polestar 1 is here, and it’s a 592bhp super-coupe brimming with the latest high-end technology.
Firstly that massive power number which was somewhat slightly unexpected. Yes, 592bhp from a Polestar which is essentially Volvo’s performance section. If anyone ever said to you that a car related to Volvo would roll off a production line with nearly 600bhp would you have believed them? Me neither but here we are in what has to be a brave new future.
That headline power figure is not the main event either. All that power comes from Volvo’s own 2.0-litre four-pot motor which drives the front wheels only. The rear wheels are driven by what Volvo call a double electric rear axle with torque vectoring giving this coupe a colossal 738lb-ft of torque meaning a ton of pulling power with all-wheel-drive grip. The ‘1 will also have an electric-only range of 93 miles which is more than any other hybrid on the market.
The Polestar 1 is based on Volvo’s own Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), the Polestar engineers though have reworked it so that 50% is new and bespoke. The ‘1’ has a carbon-fibre body which helps reduce weight and improves stiffness by 45% while lowering the centre of gravity. To complete the handling set-up, it is the first car to be equipped with Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi).
On the inside and outside, the ‘1’ shares a lot of design cues from the current S90 model which is no bad thing at all. It almost looks like the coupe version we always wanted but never got.
Polestar also announced that it intends to shake up the way cars are owned by doing away with the dealership model by being 100% online order only. Buyers won’t be able actually to own one either, Polestar have confirmed what they refer to as a ‘subscription’ where buyers can order a ‘1’ on a two or three year deal with zero-deposit and the addition of features such a concierge pick-up service for delivery and servicing.
The Polestar 1 will be built at the will be built in a state-of-the-art, purpose-built Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, China. It is the first of three models planned by the company with an all-electric ‘2’ model planned for 2019 and a larger SUV ‘3’ model arriving shortly afterwards.
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