This morning, Polestar officially revealed the all new 1 – their very first model as a stand-alone brand.
The simply-named Polestar 1 is an S-Class rivalling GT coupe, based off Volvo’s S90 sedan’s SPA platform. It produces an incredible 441kW (600hp) of power and 1000Nm of torque from its hybrid system, which uses a 2.0L turbocharged AND supercharged 4-cylinder and two independent electric motors. The Polestar 1 sends power to all four wheels – the 4-pot drives the front wheels while the electric motors drive the rear wheels & can allow for torque vectoring when necessary.
Although that power figure mentioned above may seem like it will make an insane power to weight ratio, you’d be wrong – sadly, the 1 weighs over 2000kg. However, the Polestar 1 can hit 60mph (97kph) in less than 4 seconds with a predicted top speed (this is my number, no Polestar’s) of 250-260km/h.
Most of the Polestar 1’s body, portions of its floorpan and suspension components are made from carbon fibre – Swedish hypercar brand Koenigsegg were approached in the early stages of development to assist with the project, as it was Volvo/Polestar’s first proper use of carbon fibre (a use that isn’t just a splitter). The carbon fibre on the 1 is both mechanically and adhesively bonded to the steel components of the body – through the use of carbon & by removing 65cm of length from the SPA platform, the car has lost about 230kg of weight and added 45% more structural rigidity over a Volvo S90 sedan.
However, most of that weight saving is counteracted by the 34kWh battery pack, which allows the Polestar 1 to drive 150km on pure electric mode.
Polestar also claims that the 1 drives how a sports car should, instead of like most electric cars, thanks to its continuously controlled electronic suspension (CESi) designed by Ohlins.
The Polestar 1 will be built in a to-be-constructed factory in China, where it will build 500 to 1000 cars per year – the low volume is due to the extensive use of carbon fibre. The car will be sold on a subscription model, where owners pay a monthly fee that includes the car, insurance, servicing and other costs, for about 130,000 euros ($194,978 AUD). It will go into production in 2019, in left hand drive only. What do you think? Let me know down below!