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PostHeaderIcon Polestar 2 Finally Teased And This Is What We Know About It

Very similar to the Volvo S90

Polestar revealed the first photograph of what is to become its second model – the 2 – only hours ago. Scheduled for a full online reveal in a few weeks time and for a live reveal at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the second Polestar vehicle will be a full EV. No hybrid nonsense here. While information about the Polestar 2 is still quite sparse, I have found a number of curious facts about the new four-door electric fastback that will go right after the Tesla Model 3. Heck, Polestar even mentioned the Tesla Model 3 in its PR about the Polestar 2 teaser. Let me tell you – this kind of PR is highly unusual. Apart from giving us a glimpse of the new car, we also got a few tidbits about the Polestar 2’s specs.

PostHeaderIcon Polestar 2 Finally Teased And This Is What We Know About It

Very similar to the Volvo S90

Polestar revealed the first photograph of what is to become its second model – the 2 – only hours ago. Scheduled for a full online reveal in a few weeks time and for a live reveal at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the second Polestar vehicle will be a full EV. No hybrid nonsense here. While information about the Polestar 2 is still quite sparse, I have found a number of curious facts about the new four-door electric fastback that will go right after the Tesla Model 3. Heck, Polestar even mentioned the Tesla Model 3 in its PR about the Polestar 2 teaser. Let me tell you – this kind of PR is highly unusual. Apart from giving us a glimpse of the new car, we also got a few tidbits about the Polestar 2’s specs.

PostHeaderIcon Cars That We Can’t Wait to See in 2019

What does the future behold? There are countless future classics ready to slide out from under the sheets of which they’ve been covered, and it’s all set to happen in 2019. There will be new EVs, new muscle cars, and a complete evolution of luxury cars. One of America’s most loved sports cars, the Chevy Corvette, is set move into a mid-engine configuration – something that’s been in the works for decades. With that said, we have a lot to be excited for, and this is a list of the models that we just can’t wait any longer for.

PostHeaderIcon Watch the Carbon Fiber Polestar 1 Smash Into a Wall

Carbon fiber is a wonderful material. Offering both high strength and low weight, carbon fiber combines two characteristics seemingly at odds with one another to form a very desirable end product, something which is particularly valuable in an automotive application. After all, cars need to be strong in a crash, but lightweight to cover performance and efficiency. As such, we see the big makes utilizing carbon fiber across multiple segments. Now, Polestar (Volvo’s performance offshoot brand) is putting the value of carbon fiber on full display with this official crash test video of its latest Polestar 1 performance coupe.

PostHeaderIcon The Polestar 2 Should Be Significantly Cheaper than the Polestar 1

Polestar may have wowed the crowd at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by bringing the high-performance Polestar 1 to the event, but the company’s second model, the Polestar 2, made waves of its own. No, it didn’t make an appearance at the event — it’s still being developed — but Polestar COO Jonathan Goodman talked a great deal about it, including its performance capabilities, proposed timetable, and expected price tag. It’s safe to say, then, that the Polestar 2 will be much cheaper than the Polestar 1.

PostHeaderIcon The Polestar 2 Should Be Significantly Cheaper than the Polestar 1

Polestar may have wowed the crowd at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by bringing the high-performance Polestar 1 to the event, but the company’s second model, the Polestar 2, made waves of its own. No, it didn’t make an appearance at the event — it’s still being developed — but Polestar COO Jonathan Goodman talked a great deal about it, including its performance capabilities, proposed timetable, and expected price tag. It’s safe to say, then, that the Polestar 2 will be much cheaper than the Polestar 1.

PostHeaderIcon Polestar 1 Online Configurator – How We Spec’d It

The Polestar 1 is arguably one of the most highly anticipated cars in the business today. The performance coupe checks a lot of boxes on what you want out of the first offering from Volvo’s former performance division. Needless to say, the Polestar 1 has our attention. That much was clear when the coupe’s online configurator went live. We couldn’t wait to play around with it, and when we got the chance to do it, well, this happened.

PostHeaderIcon This is How Polestar Saved 507 Pounds of Weight Using Carbon Fiber

Wouldn’t you like to know just how much weight a car would save if it had all carbon fiber body panels instead of steel? It seems that Polestar has the answer. When designing their gorgeous Polestar 1, the Swedish company, which is now a stand-alone brand next to Volvo, made extensive use of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer, saving 507 pounds of weight.

PostHeaderIcon This is How Polestar Saved 507 Pounds of Weight Using Carbon Fiber

Wouldn’t you like to know just how much weight a car would save if it had all carbon fiber body panels instead of steel? It seems that Polestar has the answer. When designing their gorgeous Polestar 1, the Swedish company, which is now a stand-alone brand next to Volvo, made extensive use of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer, saving 507 pounds of weight.

PostHeaderIcon Is the Polestar 1 Plug-In Hybrid really priced at $155,000?

Recently, Volvo announced that they are aiming for 50-percent of their overall sales to come from EVs by 2025. In 2017, Volvo became the first manufacturer to declare that its entire model range would become electrified in at least some form: mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or fully electric; And then they come out with ridiculous pricing for the flagship car from their performance brand, the Polestar 1. $155,000 to compete with the likes of Tesla Model S. Seriously, Volvo?

PostHeaderIcon The Polestar 1 Finally Has a Confirmed Price Tag of $155,000

Polestar has finally put a figure on the Polestar 1. Volvo’s new performance sub-brand has listed the Polestar 1 with a price tag of $155,000 in the U.S. The car will also sell for €155,000 in Europe. Those who are interested in the car will have to deposit $2,500 or €2,500 to secure a spot on the company’s reservation list. Pre-orders are now open for the Polestar in 18 different countries, including a number of European nations, China, and North America.

PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Polestar 1 Spreading 600 Horsepower Worth of Love On the Ice and Snow

The Polestar 1 is a 600-horsepower, slightly revamped version of a coupe concept that Volvo released back in 2013. Yeah. Polestar and Volvo really were that lazy, but that’s water under the bridge. What matters now is that the Polestar 1 is a real vehicle and it’s a mean one at that. To give you an idea of just how anal Polestar is when it comes to tuning and ride characteristics, it has released a video of the Polestar 1 getting it in on the snow and ice. Apparently, Polestar tried out 20 different sway bars (10 front and 10 rear) to determine which one was just right. Apparently, the car was completely void of any driver assistance features as well. Anyway, check out the short video and let us know what you think!

PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Polestar 1 Spreading 600 Horsepower Worth of Love On the Ice and Snow

The Polestar 1 is a 600-horsepower, slightly revamped version of a coupe concept that Volvo released back in 2013. Yeah. Polestar and Volvo really were that lazy, but that’s water under the bridge. What matters now is that the Polestar 1 is a real vehicle and it’s a mean one at that. To give you an idea of just how anal Polestar is when it comes to tuning and ride characteristics, it has released a video of the Polestar 1 getting it in on the snow and ice. Apparently, Polestar tried out 20 different sway bars (10 front and 10 rear) to determine which one was just right. Apparently, the car was completely void of any driver assistance features as well. Anyway, check out the short video and let us know what you think!

PostHeaderIcon Polestar May Increase Production Figures to Satisfy Demand for the Polestar 1

2018 Polestar 1

The Polestar 1 is turning out to be a more popular model than even Polestar anticipated. Volvo’s new performance brand initially planned to produce a limited run of 1,500 units, spread out at 500 units per year. But, with consumer demand skyrocketing, Polestar is now considering increasing the car’s supply to at least accommodate the rising demand. In the meantime, Polestar is scheduled to begin taking €2,500 ($3,000) deposits for the sedan next week.


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The rising demand for the Polestar 1 isn’t a surprise. A lot of people have been talking about since there was an inkling that Volvo was going to develop a model like it. That goes back to 2013 when the Swedish automaker presented the Concept Coupe back in 2013. Since that time, Volvo decided to separate Polestar from itself, raise it as a stand-alone performance brand, and help it develop the Polestar 1 that everyone and their dog seems to have fallen in love with.


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“There are already 6,000 customers who are interested in the car, and that’s without a confirmed price tag.”

In fact, Polestar COO Jon Goodman told Auto Express that there are already 6,000 customers who are interested in the car, and that’s without a confirmed price tag. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out that demand for the Polestar 1 has quadrupled the company’s supply plan. If recent trends hold, the demand for the car could increase even more once all details about it are unveiled.

Fortunately, Goodman indicated that supply of the car could easily be doubled if the situation presented itself. Resources shouldn’t be an issue because Polestar has Volvo and parent company Geely backing it up. Infrastructure is also covered because the company is set to open ground on a massive production facility in China where all Polestar 1 units will be made. It’s just a question of piecing the right puzzle pieces together to make sure the picture is complete.


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“Goodman indicated that supply of the car could easily be doubled if the situation presented itself.”

In the meantime, there are other concerns surrounding the Polestar 1 that needs to be ironed out. Chief among them is how exactly are customers going to get their hands on one. For the longest time, Polestar has made it clear that the Polestar 1 will be primarily offered through a subscription service that will include “all-inclusive, no deposit, flat monthly payments.” That seemed straightforward enough, except that Polestar is now actually taking deposits for the model.

Things got even more confusing when reports came out that the Polestar 1 would be priced around €150,000 (around $185,000) if Polestar decided to sell its models outright. All that happened before Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath told Autoblog at the Geneva Motor Show that the brand will rely “100%” on a subscription service.


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“We’re inclined to believe that Polestar is leaning heavily on a subscription service for its models”

So what gives, exactly? We’re inclined to believe that Polestar is leaning heavily on a subscription service for its models because that’s been the dominant narrative since the model was introduced last year. But, if it’s going to follow that method and stick to its earlier claims, why is there a deposit requirement now? Are customers depositing for a slot or the actual car?

Clearly, Polestar needs to set the record straight once and for all. I don’t suppose this confusion is going to be enough to quell the interest in the sedan — it’s an awesome car! — but it should clarify whatever confusion remains on how exactly customers are going to get their hands on one.

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PostHeaderIcon Polestar 1 Reservation Books Open With a Tesla-like Policy

Polestar has finally made its Geneva Motor Show debut, and it did so with a bang. The recently spun-off performance brand took to Switzerland to formally present the Polestar 1, the luxury performance coupé that’s setting its sights on Tesla and the current electric car establishment. With details of the Polestar 1 already in the open, the brand took advantage of the venue to announce that, starting next week, the company will accept refundable deposits of $3,000.


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“The Polestar 1 has the makings of becoming the first electric that Tesla could consider as a legitimate competitor”

The Polestar 1 has the makings of becoming the first electric that Tesla could consider as a legitimate competitor. It has looks that would make knees buckle. It has impressive performance capabilities. Most of all, it has that “new model” smell to it, the kind that attracts a lot of potential buyers. Where the model goes from here is the important question, but with the infrastructure that’s surrounding it — Volvo and Geely — there are high hopes for the Polestar 1 to realize its potential.

Come to think of it; a $3,000 refundable deposit isn’t a big deal. It’s actually a smart move by Polestar to take a route inspired by Tesla, not forcing its customers to lock in a reservation spot with a non-refundable deposit. The refundable option allows people to cancel their slots if they want to, though judging by how the Polestar 1 looks at first glance, I don’t imagine that there will be a lot of customers who will have second thoughts of buying one.


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“If you happen to be interested in the car and are willing to go through either of the two ownership routes, you’re going to need to start booking your spot on the reservation list.”

Even if a customer does lock up a reservation spot, owning a Polestar 1 isn’t all about actually buying it outright. As Volvo announced a few months ago, there are alternate ownership methods available to prospective customers, specifically a subscription-based ownership model that allows customers to pay for a flat monthly subscription fee covering a period of two or three years. Buying one outright is also another option, but those who want to venture this route will have to come to grips with the fact that they’re going to buy a car that’s expected to be priced at around €130,000. That’s a little over $160,000 based on current exchange rates.

If you happen to be interested in the car and are willing to go through either of the two ownership routes, you’re going to need to start booking your spot on the reservation list. Polestar has made it clear that it’s capping production to 500 units per year over a three-year period. That would put the car’s production volume to around 1,500 units, making it more important for would-be customers to put down that deposit and get their spot in before they’re taken. Remember, over 6,000 customers have already expressed interest in buying or owning one. You don’t need to be a math wizard to know that a lot of people will be left disappointed when they don’t end up with the car.

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PostHeaderIcon Customer Demand Could Force Polestar to Increase Production of Polestar 1

Up to 93 miles in EV mode

Do you want to see a good example of a car model that’s been positively received by the public? Take a look at the Polestar 1. The first ever stand-alone offering from Polestar, Volvo’s new high-performance brand, has yet to be produced, but it’s already receiving significant interest from the public. The overwhelming interest in the 600-horsepower plug-in hybrid coupé is now forcing Polestar executives to reconsider its initial plan to build 500 units of the sports coupé per year over the course of three years.


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“The Polestar 1 is generating massive interest from the public.”

You’re not dreaming. The Polestar 1 is generating massive interest from the public. According to Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath, more than 5,000 people have expressed interest in buying the hybrid coupé since it made its debut in October 2017. That’s four months ago. Needless to say, the company knows all about the demand for the car. That’s why, in Ingenlath’s words, it’s doing its due diligence. “We are looking at whether we could do a higher volume than 500 units a year. We are checking that out,” the Polestar CEO told Automotive News Europe. “I think there is potential to go to two shifts.”

Ingenlath is referring to the planned shifts in the production of the Polestar 1 at the company’s production facility in Chengdu, China. The plant itself is still under construction and is expected to be completed sometime in the middle of this year. Under Polestar’s current plan, production of the Polestar 1 will comprise of 500 units being built per year over a schedule of three years on one shift at the factory. With the skyrocketing demand for the car, execs are now thinking about the feasibility of adding another shift when production starts.


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“One day in the future, Polestar might announce that it’s increasing production volume of the Polestar 1.”

A final decision isn’t expected to come soon, and we really shouldn’t expect one given the circumstances surrounding the model’s timetable. Production of the car hasn’t started because the facility that will be producing it hasn’t been completed yet. Add the delicate nature of the car’s build — it’s going to come with a carbon fiber body — and you can understand why the company is no rush to make a decision on the car’s production volume.

“We have a great deal of respect for the challenge we face as we bring our carbon fiber production into reality,” Ingenlath said. “It will be a rather slow start, but it is needed for this complicated product.”

One day in the future, Polestar might announce that it’s increasing production volume of the Polestar 1. Maybe it does; maybe it doesn’t. But that’s not the point right now. The point is that the car is generating so much demand and attention that there are already discussions about increasing its volume. That’s tremendous news for Polestar and, by extension, Volvo. It’s looking like the decision to separate the performance division and turn it into its own stand-alone brand is already paying off.

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PostHeaderIcon Polestar 2 to Launch in 2020, Not to Kill Tesla, but to Compete with it

Up to 93 miles in EV mode

Polestar’s status as a standalone brand may still be fresh in a lot of people’s eyes, but that hasn’t stopped the company from already making big plans for the future. According to reports, that “future” will now include a pair of new models, including the Tesla Model 3-rivaling Polestar 2 saloon and the Polestar 3 SUV. Both models are expected to debut in the coming years, though the Polestar 2 will arrive sooner in 2020 than the Polestar 3, which is set for a 2022 debut.


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“The two new models not only help build the company’s legitimacy, they also provide a better perspective of what we can expect from Volvo’s new performance brand”

This is big news for Polestar as it tries to build its brand from the ground up. The two new models not only help build the company’s legitimacy, they also provide a better perspective of what we can expect from Volvo’s new performance brand. The Polestar 2 will arrive sooner, and it’s taking the form of an all-electric saloon that will compete against the Tesla Model 3. “Polestar 2 will join the competition with Tesla Model 3, so people should have an understanding of the size and the price tag as well. It will start around €40,000 (£35,000),” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath told Auto Express.

Ingenlath added that Polestar plans to unveil the Polestar 2 in the second half of 2019, ahead of the planned launch that will “begin around the start of 2020.”

Once the Polestar 2 is out on the market, the company will shift its focus on the Polestar 3, which Ingenlath describes as “an SUV with a low, aerodynamic silhouette.” Details are still scarce on both models, but the segments they’re being slotted in paints a clear picture of what we can expect from the Polestar in the coming years. The Polestar 1, for example, will occupy the premium segment. The Polestar 2 will be the “volume” model of the brand and the Polestar 3 will be its resident SUV.


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“Once the models become available, potential buyers will be presented with a number of purchase options, including through a subscription service”

In that vein, the Polestar 1 and 3 will share the same production facility in Chengdu, China. The Polestar 2, on the other hand, will be built in another facility by virtue of the planned production volume of the model. According to Auto Express, the Polestar 2 will require a production facility that can accommodate the production of 50,000 units annually.

Once the models become available, potential buyers will be presented with a number of purchase options, including through a subscription service. This option allows buyers to pay flat monthly fees for the car over a period of two or three years. Once that contract is up, the car is returned to Polestar. “The way you own a Polestar, we believe is an appealing to people, as you have a much more precise idea of what it actually costs to own,” Ingenlath said, referring to the subscription service. “It is a very clear and committed price per month and is hassle-free.”

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PostHeaderIcon Polestar 1 Order Books Open Next Year; Dealerships to Follow

Carbon fiber body cuts weight

Polestar is now one step closer to bringing the 600-horsepower plug-in hybrid Polestar 1 to the road. A few months after accepting registrations of interest in the car, Volvo’s new performance subsidiary is now preparing to officially open the order books for the sports coupe sometime in early 2018.


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“Expectations are high on the 2+2 grand tourer, which is Polestar’s first offering after breaking away from Volvo to become its own brand”

The Polestar 1 has been making news recently for the right reasons. Expectations are high on the 2+2 grand tourer, which is Polestar’s first offering after breaking away from Volvo to become its own brand. The newly-minted company is expected to add at least two more models in the coming years to fill its ranks.

For now, the focus is on the Polestar 1, and rightfully so. It’s unclear if the company will still offer the coupe on a subscription basis, as was previously reported. Volvo spokesman Johan Meissner hinted at that possibility back in October when he remarked that the Polestar 1 “will be offered on a comprehensive subscription basis that will cover depreciation, insurance, and routine maintenance.”


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“On the dealership front, Polestar is moving ahead with plans to open brick-and-mortar showrooms and dealerships in a number of countries”

On the dealership front, Polestar is moving ahead with plans to open brick-and-mortar showrooms and dealerships in a number of countries. These establishments, called “Polestar Spaces,” will serve as the go-to places for those interested in the company’s vehicles, including the Polestar 1. The brand indicated that countries with the most people showing interest in its cars will get first dibs on these Spaces. The US and China are included in this list of countries, as are Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. The first of these dealerships will open sometime in 2019, coinciding with the start of production of the Polestar 1.

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PostHeaderIcon Polestar 1 Convertible

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The debut of the Polestar 1 turned a lot of heads for the right reasons. It was as impressive a first offering for Volvo’s newly-minted performance stand-alone brand, and like most cars with a lot of anticipation surrounding them, the thought of different body styles for the Polestar 1 has begun to take shape. We’ve already seen renders for a shooting brake-style Polestar 1, but what I’m really looking forward to seeing – if it ends up getting here – is a convertible version. There’s no guarantee that Polestar is going to appease our calls for one, but I think it’s a good idea, in large part because we haven’t seen a convertible from the Swedish automaker since the C70 ended production in 2013.

Ok, so it’s only been four years, but a lot has happened in those four years, especially as it pertains to Volvo. Back then, the company had only been a few years into being under Geely ownership, so it was still in the process of reinventing itself. Fast forward to 2017 and Volvo is in much better shape now to the point that its former performance division, Polestar, has been turned into a stand-alone performance brand with one model – the Polestar One – that’s already on the way. There’s no guarantee that a convertible will follow after because the company has already laid out plans for its second (a Tesla Model 3 rival) and third (an electric SUV) models. Fingers crossed we see one in the future, though, because the way the Polestar 1 looks right now, it would be very interesting to see if it somehow lost its hardtop and got a soft one instead.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Polestar 1 Convertible

Exterior

  • Soft top roof
  • Muscular side profile
  • Heavy Polestar 1 inspiration

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Note: Polestar 1 Coupe pictured here.

“There’s simply no reason for Polestar to veer away from it given the impressive grand tourer styling of the coupe”

This is all speculation so forgive me if my imagination goes a little haywire in piecing together how I’d like the Polestar 1 Convertible to look. Off the bat, I will say that I’m not opposed to the convertible retaining most of the aesthetics as its coupe counterpart. There’s simply no reason for Polestar to veer away from it given the impressive grand tourer styling of the coupe. I’m especially particular with the front end design of the car to the point that I probably wouldn’t touch it at all. Sure, the similarities are there with Volvo’s models, namely the S90 sedan, but I don’t care. It’s one of those things wherein the saying “don’t mess with a good thing” applies. The set-up of the headlights is top-class with the T-like LEDs separating the upper and lower portions of the entire lighting fixture. That design element has been one of my favorite things about Volvo’s new design language, and it’s cool to see that Polestar adopted it too. I’d even go so far as use it on a convertible version of the 1 because it actually looks better on a convertible. Same thing with the large intakes and those sweet-looking aero blades.

Move to the side profile, and I’d like to see a more robust-looking aesthetic than the coupe version. Remember, the Polestar 1 Convertible’s biggest calling card will be its roofless look, so there’s no point to the car getting an aggressive roofline. In this case, the shoulder and body lines, as well as the wheel arches, will be the biggest factors in creating a dynamic profile. I’d be a little more aggressive in those departments, particularly the lines that run across the length of the body. Don’t make it too rigid because it could end with the 1 Convertible looking a little too boxy. Throw in some nice curves and find a way for these lines to seamlessly integrate themselves into the flared wheel arches, and you could have something special here. If Polestar can do this, the 1 Convertible could turn itself into a full-fledged threat in its own segment.

Interior

  • Sporting touches
  • Carbon fiber trim
  • Polished aluminum

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Note: Polestar 1 Coupe pictured here.

“With a convertible, I think Polestar will have to dial up the sportiness a little bit more, even if it comes at the expense of toning down the luxury”

This is where I venture a little bit off from the interior design of the Polestar 1 Coupe. I’m not saying that the convertible wouldn’t look good carrying the same design architecture as its coupe counterpart, but it wouldn’t have the same feel to it. Hear me out for a second. The interior design of the Polestar 1 Coupe has a luxury feel to it. That’s a good thing because that ties into the persona of the car as a performance luxury coupe. With a convertible, I think Polestar will have to dial up the sportiness a little bit more, even if it comes at the expense of toning down the luxury. That would fit into the personality of a convertible, which, let’s face it, is often bought by customers specifically for the purpose of impressing people with the car’s sporting looks and performance qualities.

I wouldn’t be opposed to the convertible getting its share of polished metal and carbon fiber trim because those two elements work well in just about any kind of design setting.

I’d also keep the digital screen in the center stack and the whole controls and configuration that come with. It’s the use of fine leather that I’m looking at cutting back on. I think the convertible version of the Polestar 1 would be much better off if the interior was dressed up with the kind of leather that can withstand the elements, especially when the roof is down and the car is blasting along a scenic mountainside road. Bespoke leather, as awesome as it is from a stylistic point of view, will be difficult to maintain. So instead of using that, I’d like to think that the Polestar will adopt a more functional approach in designing the cabin of the Polestar 1 Convertible.

Drivetrain

  • Hybrid electric powertrain
  • 600 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque
  • Different driving modes

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Note: Polestar 1 Coupe pictured here.

“Anything less than the 600-horsepower and 738-pound-feet of torque out of the Polestar 1 Coupe will be a disappointment”

This section is the easiest one to predict because I don’t see any reason for Polestar to veer away from the hybrid electric-gasoline powertrain that’s already sitting under the hood of the Polestar 1 Coupe. In fact, I wouldn’t do anything past maybe adjusting the power and performance figures for the 1 Convertible to make it perform like a proper performance convertible. Ultimately though, I’m perfectly fine with the idea of using the same drivetrain set-up on the convertible version.

That would mean the Polestar 1 Convertible making use of something akin to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s both turbocharged and supercharged to go along with the usual hybrid step of electric motors on all four wheels to go with a more potent lithium-ion battery pack that will essentially be tasked to feed the energy requirements of those electric motors.

As far as output is concerned, anything less than the 600-horsepower and 738-pound-feet of torque out of the Polestar 1 Coupe will be a disappointment. Power should sit around that number, maybe even a little higher, in order for the Polestar 1 Convertible to completely differentiate itself from its coupe counterpart. That should be one of Polestar’s main focus because any other scenario could lead to people thinking of the Polestar 1 Convertible as nothing more than a roof-less version of the grand tourer.

Prices

Since the Polestar 1 Convertible is nothing more than a figment of our imagination for the time being, determining a price point could be tricky, especially with the actual Polestar 1 Coupe’s price pegged at an incredible $177,000. It’s too hard to say how much a convertible is going to cost, but since they’re traditionally more expensive than their coupe counterparts, I’d say that the Polestar 1 Convertible could fetch costs amounting to around $180,000, supposing that you don’t avail of the subscription offer that the company is offering.

Competition

Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet


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I suppose that if Polestar did roll out a 1 Convertible, it would theoretically enter a market occupied by the likes of the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet. It’s admittedly tricky to line up these two models opposite each other because at their respective roots, they’re two different models themselves. They do have some similarities being convertibles and all, but the likely difference in powertrain set-up could mean that we’re looking at two distinct performance times. Never mind the fact that the Polestar 1 Cabriolet isn’t even a sure thing yet.

That said, if Polestar wants the 1 Convertible to be as successful as it hopes, it’s going to have to take customers away from picking a car like the E-Class Cabriolet, or in this case the AMG E 63 Cabriolet. It’s easier said than done given that the Merc has enough power on its side to make a statement – 550 ponies form a 4.0-liter V-8 – and most importantly, it has the heritage over the Polestar. Whereas the new performance brand is still trying to establish its identity and experience in this competitive segment, AMG already has decades of them under its belt.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet.

Conclusion


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Would it be too early to hope that Polestar moves forward with a soft-top convertible version of the 1? I certainly hope so though I do understand that there are far bigger and more important priorities on the table. We already have an idea about the company’s plans for the Polestar 2 and Polestar 3 models.
The two will slot in the mid-size segment and, according to its Polestar, “will join the competition around the Tesla Model 3.” Then there’s the 3, which is being prepared to come in the mold of a large SUV. Those two models are the two priorities at the moment so if Polestar does decide to bring out a convertible version of the 1; it might have to wait in line for quite some time since the 2 and 3 will most likely come out first, possibly around 2020 and 2021, respectively. Still, if patience is a virtue, then I’m going to drown in it if it means seeing the Polestar 1 Convertible come to life. There’s a lot of potential that Volvo’s new standalone performance brand should consider, even if it’s a few years from now. We can wait, or at least I can.

  • Leave it
    • No word on production yet
    • If it is going to be built, it won’t be around for a few more years
    • Let’s see how the Polestar 1 Coupe does first

References

Polestar 1


2018 Polestar 1 - image 739271

Read our full review on the 2018 Polestar 1.

PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: Volvo Shamelessly Reheated an Old Concept to Revive Polestar

As much as I’m in love with the 1950s and 1960s when it comes to car designs, the automotive industry is living a golden era as we speak. The variety is incredible, there are plenty of attractive offers at dealerships, and nearly every car, no matter how affordable, packs a ton of tech that makes life behind the steering wheel easier. But this golden era also comes with a lot of bullshit, ranging from fancy and unnecessary PR talk to bragging about performance figures that aren’t that great. And of course, trying to justify overpriced special-edition model with extra features that are either barely noticeable or useless. Which brings me to the latest car that’s getting everyone excited: the Polestar 1.

A while back Volvo decided that Polestar should also make its own cars besides tuning what’s already available in dealerships. Polestar delivered and announced the 1. I mean the Polestar 1, because the “1” nameplate doesn’t make much sense by itself. Everyone got excited! Oh my God, pretty coupe, powerful hybrid drivetrain, shut up and take my money! Well no, the Polestar 1 doesn’t deserve all the attention. And it doesn’t deserve your hard-earned money. Let me explain.

Continue reading for the full story.

Can You Handle the Truth?


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“It's just a mildly revised and renamed version of a concept car that Volvo unveiled in 2013”

Because it’s a reheated concept car from 2013!

There you go.

Now you know.

My mission here is done.

Have a nice weekend!

Damn it, I can’t do this. I can’t stop writing unless I rant for a while, so you’re getting the long version.

I’m not trying to say that you’ve been living under a rock or anything, but if you’re among those that got really excited about the Polestar 1, you probably are! Because the Polestar 1 is anything but new. It’s just a mildly revised and renamed version of a concept car that Volvo unveiled in 2013. It’s called the Concept Coupe and even though it had only two doors, it was used to preview the S90 sedan and the company’s current design language. And yes, people got excited and began wondering whether Volvo will actually make a coupe version of the then-upcoming sedan. It didn’t happen, but Volvo obviously had a plan to give Polestar more autonomy and a lineup of its own.

Good idea? Definitely! But everything died when the Polestar 1 was unveiled. Because it’s a Concept Coupe with a new grille, reshaped front bumper, new wheels, and larger side mirrors. Or should I say a Volvo with a Polestar badge and grille?


2018 Polestar 1 - image 739271
“Give me some carbon-fiber, some unique trim, and we can talk expensive price tags”

And you know what else is wrong with it? The cabin is identical to the S90. There’s nothing wrong with that, because the S90 has a gorgeous interior, but it doesn’t even qualify as a luxury or performance upgrade over the sedan. I mean come on, the idea is to give customers a higher performance version of the S90, but in a two-door format, right? Something to rival offerings from Mercedes-AMG and BMW M. Well, replacing the badge on the steering wheel and removing the wood veneer from the dashboard and door panels ain’t gonna cut the mustard. Give me some carbon-fiber, some unique trim, and we can talk expensive price tags.

Yes, expensive. This thing is gonna cost a lot of dough. Volvos are already pretty expensive compared to their German counterparts and the Polestar will add even more premium to that price tag. It will probably cost as much as the AMGs and the Ms, if not more, and at this point I think they will be too expensive for what they offer. Then there’s the fact that you won’t be able to buy it as a regular car, but only through the company’s subscription program. But it’s not the program itself that bugs me, but the fact that customers might not be ready to purchase cars this way. It seems that Volvo just wants to make things a bit complicated for the sake of being different. And I like a different approach, but not this time around.


2018 Polestar 1 - image 738878

Look Volvo, I understand what you’re trying to do here. You want to be like everyone else and have a superior line with added performance. And you want a different badge for that, because that’s what’s cool nowadays. And fortunately you have Polestar for that. But this isn’t the way to go. Make something entirely new, innovate. Or at least don’t act like the Concept Coupe never existed.

Tesla Is a Whiny Old Man


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“Tesla is in fact a whiny old man that can't handle a bit of criticism”

Tesla may be an electric car manufacturer based on the products it sells, but it’s in fact a whiny old man that can’t handle a bit of criticism. It’s been like that ever since the Model S came out, but things got worse when Consumer Reports revoked the maximum rating it gave the all-electric sedan. It’s when Tesla began accusing the publication of singling out its cars for being unsafe and unreliable. Butthurt much? Now, Tesla got upset when Consumer Reports’ reliability scores for the year gave the new Model 3 an “average” score.

Granted, I understand Tesla’s rant over Consumer Reports giving scores for a car its has yet to test (the Model 3 is not yet available), but the outlet has been doing the same with other nameplates too. The Kia Stinger, for instance, received the same “average” score, and I haven’t seen the Korean brand release angry statements so far. And I don’t see why Tesla makes such a big deal out of this. It’s not like customers will cancel preorders based on a statistic made by Consumer Reports. Based on consumers’ experiences with other vehicles from the company, in this case the Model S. After all, it’s true that the Model 3 is using many of the same components as the Model S, so it’s not that outrageous to consider the issues of the latter.


2018 Tesla Model 3 - image 727972
“Less complaining on the Internet, more working on improving your products”

I truly believe that Tesla customers are smarter than that and CR’s new report won’t affect Model 3 sales in any way. What’s more, once Consumer Reports gets its hands on the new sedan, which will happen once it becomes available, a more accurate report will be released. Tesla is acting rather silly here and coming up with all sorts of conspiracy scenarios is childish and makes Elon Musk’s company sound whiny as hell. And I don’t want that from a brand that’s supposed to innovate and change the way we view electric cars. Build quality issues are real. When pointed out, you must fix them. Less complaining on the Internet, more working on improving your products. Is it that hard?

References

Polestar 1


2018 Polestar 1 - image 739271

Read our full review on the 2018 Polestar 1.

Volvo S90 Sedan


2017 Volvo S90 - image 658241

Read our full review on the 2017 Volvo S90.


2013 Volvo Concept Coupe - image 520468

Read our full review on the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe.

Tesla Model 3


2018 Tesla Model 3 - image 725394

Read our full review on the 2018 Tesla Model 3.

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