In agreement of authentic active pleasure, the 2020 Polestar 1 is a austere claiming to Tesla. But the acumen Elon Musk isn’t accepting agitation sleeping is that the new entry’s exclusivity and amount gives it a supercar sales profile. Alone 1,500 will be congenital for the absolute apple (500 a year for three years), and they’re actuality awash in the U.S. for $156,500. That’s if there’s any left. The allocation for the U.S. is alone about 150 per year, a Polestar backer said.
The Polestar 1 was aboriginal apparent in Shanghai, China, in backward 2017. It went on auction in Europe anon afterwards and bound awash out, accession actuality backward aftermost year as a 2020 model. If the auto appearance looks familiar, that’s because it’s based on the Volvo Abstraction Auto advised by Thomas Ingenlath and debuted by the aggregation in 2013. The continued adjournment in activity from abstraction to assembly didn’t aching the architecture any—it still looks contemporary. The underpinnings are a beneath S90 Volvo chassis, but the powertrain has appreciably added oomph.
This is a constituent hybrid, so it doesn’t charge a huge V-8 for performance’s sake. Instead, it uses a two-liter four—something of an industry standard—but “twincharged” with both turbo and supercharging. The agent (sourced from the Volvo XC90 T8) delivers 326 application in U.S. form, with all that mojo activity to the advanced auto (where the gas motor combines with an electric motor to aftermath 375 application in total). There is an estimated 78 afar of all-electric ambit via a 34-kilowatt-hour array pack.
We’re far from done. At the aback auto are two added electric motors, these alms addition 232 horsepower. The best achievement is an absurd 619 horsepower, and an alike added absurd 738 bottom pounds of torque. The closing amount is why antecedent dispatch is so seat-of-the-pants visceral, with a aught to 60 afar per hour time of aloof 3.8 (some say 4.2) seconds. Top acceleration is 155 afar per hour.
Let me accompaniment up advanced that the Polestar 1 will apparently not be your alone car, abnormally if you’ve got a family. The advanced seats are august but, continued for six-footers, they booty up about all the rear-seat legroom. And the block amplitude is appealing limited, admitting stowing the casual baby attache yields a absolutely absorbing appearance of the array backpack through a bottle partition. A handsome zippered case contains the car’s 110-volt charger.
But back you’re active with aloof one passenger, the Polestar 1 is adamantine to beat. The berth contains some borrowings from the Volvo genitalia bin, but because the aerial marks becoming by the company’s interiors, that’s not a bad thing. I admit that stop/start knob. The accessories are not adorable opulent, but they’re absolutely carefully designed, acutely labeled, and alluringly positioned, application best materials. The nine-inch vertical infotainment touchscreen (shades of Tesla) is accessible to use already its operating secrets are revealed.
The basement position is absolutely low. You bead into Polestar 1. The clear shifter for the eight-speed automated is like a allotment of Lalique sculpture, but the way it works—an alone movement up or bottomward to go through anniversary gear—is awkward at first. The ride is stiffer than expected, but it’s a amount you pay for a car that corners with so little lean. The damper settings can be adjusted, admitting it’s a bit of a job. This car would be abundant fun on the arced Lime Rock track, or authoritative a fast night run from Nice to Cannes.
On the American highways and ancillary roads, the ball comes from abrogation stoplights at green speeds and adequate aberrant casual power. Visibility is actual acceptable all around.
This is a supercar you can adore after guilt. The Polestar 1 is rated at 58 afar per gallon agnate (MPGe), compared to Italian stallions with twin-turbo V-8s that attempt to accomplish 18 mpg on the highway.
This is the aboriginal Polestar. Afterwards the constituent amalgam debut, the archetypal goes all-electric with the added affordable ($59,900) Polestar 2. The aggregation calls it a achievement fastback, and the looks are like a cantankerous amid Tesla’s Archetypal Y crossover and a Volvo sedan. The aggregation is alms aboriginal drives in New York abutting month.
This will be the aggregate Polestar, and it should be acceptable for the abounding $7,500 federal tax credit, as able-bodied as some accompaniment incentives ($2,000 in California). The car sports a 78-kilowatt-hour array pack, and produces 408 application and 487 batter anxiety of torque. It should be fast. The aboriginal American barter are appointed to get their cars after this year.
Polestar 1 comes loaded, but Polestar 2 will accept advantage packages, including a $5,000 achievement pack, a $4,000 Nappa covering interior, $1,200 20-inch admixture auto and $1,200 brownish acrylic choices. We may see free Polestars soon—the aggregation has a new affiliation with the U.S.-based self-driving behemothic Waymo.
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