The Swedish car maker comes up with its first production model. The Polestar 1 is a hybrid electric coupe set to go into production in mid-2019 at Volvo’s facilities in China.
So what we have here is a Chinese-built, Swedish-designed, electric-hybrid with old-school looks, supercar performance, and Grand Tourer comfort. It’s an amalgam, but something no one else has ever tried before. On the surface Polestar 1 looks like a slightly revised Volvo S90, which is not entirely coincidental. Polestar may have split from mother company, but they are still dependent on them for all kinds of support. And they would want the connection to that they won’t look like a start-up out there in the world exotic cars.
The performance-oriented hybrid electric powertrain in Polestar 1 churns out a very respectable 600hp and 1000Nm of torque. Though technical details of the system are yet to be revealed, they have let us know that the 1 has a range of 150kms on pure electric power alone. If this is true, and the Swedes seldom lie, this car is going to school all the giants of the hybrid segment on what’s possible in terms of performance and economy. handling-wise, Polestar has used all its motorsport know-how to ensure the car drives well. You have double electric rear axle which enables torque vectoring, Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi) advanced chassis technology, and a lightweight carbon fiber body.