Originally known for creating incredible performance variants of Volvo’s cars, Polestar have now become Volvo’s standalone electric performance brand. Striving to become the electric performance brand, Polestar have now unveiled their first car – a near 600bhp hybrid coupe.
Named ‘Polestar 1’, the brand’s debut car is certainly a strong start in achieving the aforementioned goal; it’s a 2+2 seat Grand Tourer Coupe that boasts incredible efficiency, stunning design and very healthy performance figures.
Utilising a 374bhp 2.0-litre, turbocharged and supercharged, four-cylinder petrol engine to drive the front wheels and a double electric motor system that produces the equivalent of 218bhp to drive the rear wheels, Polestar 1 produces a total of 592bhp and 737lb ft of torque. Performance figures that most certainly place the car within the world of performance vehicles, Polestar say to expect a 0-60mph sprint of around the four-second mark.
What’s more, the outstanding powertrain has then been combined with a body made of carbon fibre, a highly bespoke version of Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) and the debut use of Öhlins’ new Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi) to ensure that Polestar 1 also offers incredible handling and not just all out power.
Assisting the lightweight chassis and low centre of gravity even further, the electric motors that power the rear wheels offer the use of torque vectoring – Polestar say that we can expect a car that rides flat and offers maximum road grip while cornering.
Of course, in order to be the electric performance brand, Polestar also need to ensure that their cars offer efficiency. Thanks to the ‘Electric Performance Hybrid’ drivetrain that Polestar 1 is equipped with, this is another box that the car ticks; in fact, the 34kwh electric battery offers the driver the ability to cover almost 100 miles on pure electric power.
Expected to hit the road mid-2019, Polestar 1 will be the first of three cars in Polestar’s initial product roll-out plan and will be followed by Polestar 2, the Volvo Group’s first battery-electric vehicle (BEV), and then Polestar 3, a larger SUV-style BEV. Moving away from the traditional ownership model of car buying, Polestar cars will be ordered solely online and offered on a two- or three-year subscription.
This will mean that, rather than buying a Polestar vehicle, ‘owners’ will pay a flat monthly fee that not only covers all servicing etc but also allows them ability to rent other vehicles within the Volvo and Polestar ranges.
Starting strongly with this 600bhp coupe and promising that all future cars will be fully electric, it certainly seems that Polestar are set on making their mark in the performance electric vehicle world. What do you think of this new car and their new subscription system? We’d like to hear your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.