After months of dropping online teasers, Polestar finally reveals its very first production car virtually. The Polestar 1 is a two-door coupe that gets its design inspiration from the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe. It then shares an SPA platform that underpins the “90” series cars and the newest XC60. As for the hardware, half of it is derived from Volvo’s SPA, while the other half represents the partnership between Polestar and Volvo that’s made specially for this new product.
Therefore, the Polestar 1 is more than just a coupe version of the S90 Sedan, considering the fact that the four-seater has to step up its game when it comes to the powertrain. Having said that, its hybrid setup gives out an impressive 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet (1,000 Newton metres) of torque.
Besides that, it comes with a battery pack that can let the Polestar 1 reach 93 miles (150 kilometers). The automaker claims that in terms of range, the sporty coupe can perform better compared to any production hybrid out there. This is also because the coupe’s body is made entirely of carbon fiber, therefore cutting down a lot of its weight, while improving torsional stiffness by 45 percent. There is an electric axle between the rear wheels with torque vectoring capabilities for more power and precise handling.
The automaker has not shared performance figures just yet, but we think that it would perform better than the range-topping Volvo S90 T8. It only takes 5.2 seconds for the hybrid sedan to hit 62 miles per hour (100 kph) from a standstill, before continuing to its top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour). We therefore think that the Polestar 1 can do so much better in terms of speed and performance with its 200 horsepower engine with 265 pound-feet (360 Nm) of torque.
Sources say that this model will hit the production line by mid-2019 at their factory in Chengdu, China, which should be completed by next year. Polestar even has plans of releasing the Polestar 2, which will rival the Tesla Model 3, and it might even be followed by an SUV under the name of Polestar 3.
The company plans to have five EVs in their product portfolio sometime between 2019 to 2021. Some of these will carry the Polestar’s badge while others will be carrying the Volvo logo. Parent company Geely will then have to invest around 640 million euros ($752 million) in Polestar if they want to add the marque to the sports car map.
Currently, “Polestar Spaces” or their showrooms are being built already, and the company is already accepting orders for the coupe online.