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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

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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.”

References

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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


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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?


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“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.


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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.


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“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


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Read our full review on the 2018 Polestar 1.

Volvo S90 Sedan


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Read our full review on the 2017 Volvo S90.


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Read our full review on the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe.

Tesla Model 3


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Read our full review on the 2018 Tesla Model 3.

PostHeaderIcon The Polestar 1: A Repurposed Volvo Concept from 2013

It hasn’t been a month since Polestar quit being a performance tuner for Volvo and branched off as its own “performance car company.” Now, this is good news for a number of reasons, with the most important being that the company can make its own cars, completely independent of anything Volvo is offering. But, that’s also where the problem arises, as the companies first stand-alone car is expensive and lazy, at best. Word that Polestar was on its own filled me joy. Just thinking about what Polestar, without limitations, could do with its new-found independence was enough to give any self-respecting man a stiffy. Yet, three weeks later and Polestar gives us the biggest disappointment since Michael Jordan’s second comeback.

Of course, auto show season is on the horizon, so I can understand the want to rush the first model out the door in time for SEMA or even the L.A. Auto Show, but this thing is pretty much a two-door Volvo S90. In fact, it’s almost like Volvo was planning a two-door S90, decided to scrap the idea, and the polestar engineer in the next studio over dug through the trash and found the disc with the AutoCAD file on it. Oh, wait… they did…..Volvo called it the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe…

So, what did Polestar do to make this car their own? Well, let’s go take a look.

The Old Switcheroo

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“This is a Volvo S90 with the rear doors cut off and excessive fender gaps.”

The other night I was sitting around looking at the Polestar and thought to myself, “This is a Volvo S90 with the rear doors cut off and excessive fender gaps. I mean, after all, it really does look like that right? Take a look:

Well, then I started browsing our Volvo page here on TopSpeed.com and as I was scrolling what did I find? The freaking Polestar 1 with a Volvo grille on it. Wait.. did I really just see that? Well, yes I did – I even asked my wife to make sure she didn’t try to kill me by poisoning dinner (it was really good, by the way) and she verified that I wasn’t hallucinating. So, let me point out to all of you just how lazy the Polestar 1 really is – you’ve seen it before, and it hasn’t changed the slightest bit:

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“The disappointment is unbearable, and you can bet that Volvo and Polestar were both hoping that we would all forget about the concept from four years ago”

The disappointment is unbearable, and you can bet that Volvo and Polestar were both hoping that we would all forget about the concept from four years ago. Well, sorry guys, but the cat is out of the bag. You seriously took a four-year-old concept, slapped a new grille on it and called it the Polestar 1. That’s lazier than BMW and Audi are every time they “facelift” one of their vehicles. Maybe the interior offers something different?

Original is Not the Word You’re Looking for


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“It’s an S90 interior with a Polestar logo on the steering wheel hub and a chrome shifter handle”

Ok, so now that I’ve called Polestar out for the exterior, I thought maybe the interior would look different. Well, no – it really doesn’t. It’s an S90 interior with a Polestar logo on the steering wheel hub and a chrome shifter handle. The rest of the interior is identical to the S90, all the way down to the infotainment display, dash design, center console, and even the HVAC controls. And, keep in mind, the Concept from 2013 sported a similar cabin and was the basis for the design used on the S90. It’s like they just walked into the office, dropped a bunch of concept blueprints into a bin and picked one to go with for Polestar’s first car. Note: the S90 has wood trim, the Polestar 1 has carbon fiber

Under the Hood


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“Polestar 1 will hit 93 mph on electric power.”

Here’s where the Polestar 1 does differ from anything that Volvo has, and that’s because it has 600 horsepower under the hood. It also claims that it can deliver as much as 738 pound-feet of torque. How it does so is still under wraps, but it’s safe to assume that Polestar went with the T9 Plug-in hybrid setup from Volvo. It probably tuned the 2.0-liter to deliver as much horsepower and torque as reliably possible while dumping in a bigger battery pack and some high-performance motors. No performance numbers are available to go by, but we do know the Polestar 1 will hit 93 mph on electric power. But, it’s the price point and acquisition process that really gets me…

Bend Over and Take it Up the Tailpipe


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“On this side of the pond, that converts to between $154,000 and $178,000”

Okay, so Polestar takes an old concept, rebrands it, and calls it the “1,” so, how much are you expected to pay for this “new” sports coupe? Well, nobody knows for sure outside of Polestar, yet. But, word has it that the price will be around €130,000 to €150,000. On this side of the pond, that converts to between $154,000 and $178,000 – Ouch. So, we can’t really compare that cost the Concept that was displayed in 2013 by Volvo, but we can compare it to the S90 sedan – you know; since it is pretty much an S90 with a section cut out of the middle.

So, the Volvo S90 starts out at $48,100 and while the Inscription trim comes in at $58,600. So, we’re talking about a difference of $100,000. When you consider the S90 with the T8 – likely what you’ll find in the Polestar 1 with high-performance motors – comes with 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque, the Polestar one delivers just 200 ponies and 266 pound-feet more. That breaks down to a cost of $500 per pony. Let me say that again: $500 per pony! and to top that off, you get less interior room and an exterior that looks almost identical to the S90.

“Polestar 1 is going to be sold under a subscription service only, which is basically Volvo’s “Care by Volvo” program”

But, that’s not all, as apparently, you may not even get to really own the Polestar 1. Word around the campfire is that the Polestar 1 is going to be sold under a subscription service only, which is basically Volvo’s “Care by Volvo” program – pretty much an extensive leasing service, if you will.
You can read all the details about it in Kirby’s news memo, but let me just point out what it really means. Basically, the Polestar 1 will be given to you on a subscription that you’ll probably have to turn back end at the end of a certain period. Polestar will cover most of the basic costs for your regular monthly payment, but the chances are that you won’t be allowed to do anything to the car as far as modification or customization. On top of that, you’re going to shell out six figures for a car you don’t even really own – and a car that is nothing more than a rebadged concept from 2013 that Volvo shit canned because it was too afraid to build and sell a true-to-life coupe.

Final Thoughts


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Sorry, Volvo and Polestar. I like you both as a brand, but you have just maxed out my bullshit-o-meter and moved to the top of my lazy-bastards list. This is just uncalled for and lazy, and everyone who wears a tie while working for either of these companies should be ashamed. In fact, somebody should be fired — $100,000 price hike on a four-year-old design because it offers 2 doors and 200 extra ponies over an S90…. Oh, and because it wears a Polestar badge instead of a Volvo badge??? What did you spend on R&D? $.45 and a BIC pen? You’re officially worse than BMW overcharging the Chinese for those lazy, special edition cars that feature special paint and new wheel designs.

References

Polestar 1


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Read our full review on the 2018 Polestar 1.

Volvo S90 Sedan


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Read our full review on the 2017 Volvo S90.


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Read our full review on the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe.

PostHeaderIcon Polestar 1: Expensive and Seemingly Difficult to Obtain

2017 Polestar 1

The Polestar 1 sports coupe is getting plenty of headlines, and justifiably so. As the first model to be offered under the newly-minted sub-brand, the 1 has captivated the industry, largely due to how good the 2+2 gran tourer looks at first glance. Now it appears that the 1 isn’t just a looker; it’s also going to be a thorn in the side of bank accounts as it’s been reported that the coupe will cost in the neighborhood of €130,000 to €150,000. Do the math, and that converts to around $154,000 to $178,000. Welp.

Adding to the curiosity is the purchase process behind the 1. Apparently, owning the sports coupe isn’t as simple as buying it outright. According to Volvo spokesman Johan Meissner, all Polestar cars, including the 1 sports coupe, “will be offered on a comprehensive subscription basis that will cover depreciation, insurance, and routine maintenance.” In simplest terms, Polestar could be utilizing Volvo’s “Care by Volvo” subscription service instead of simply selling the 1 sports coupe outright. Meissner did add that for “competitor comparative reasons,” the indicative target price of the 1 would sit in the aforementioned price range. At this point, there’s still no specific roadmap on how Polestar plans to sell the 1, but based on the word on the street, it looks like would-be customers will have to at least subscribe to Care by Volvo to get the inside track on going home with one.

Continue reading for the full story.

Is it more complicated to own a Polestar 1 through subscription service?


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“The 1 sports coupe, “will be offered on a comprehensive subscription basis that will cover depreciation, insurance, and routine maintenance.””

It’s too early to tell at this point considering that the Care by Volvo subscription service hasn’t gotten off the ground yet. So, the judgment is still out on whether it’s going to be easier or harder. That said, Volvo says that the subscription service – and the whole car ownership experience for that matter – will be made easier by Care by Volvo.

The service functions in a number of different ways to back up this claim. For instance, Care by Volvo comes with a ready-negotiated monthly fee that will allow you to get a new car every two years. Items like down payments, insurances, taxes, service fees, and geographical or customer age-related differences will all be moot through the service because car owners won’t have to deal with any of them anymore. That’s going to be up to Volvo to figure out for the owner, making it easier for the latter to simply place an order of a car online and then drive away with it without so much as breaking a sweat.

Care by Volvo is also expected to include a suite of features, including digital concierge services, such as fueling, cleaning, service pick-up, and e-commerce deliveries to the car. Then there’s the standard sharing feature, one of the service’s biggest selling points. We’ve already seen previews of this in the past, but the gist of the concept enables car owners to share their cars with family and/or friends without having to make use of an actual key or fob. A new digital key technology allows people with access to a car to simply drive away with them.


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“Care by Volvo is also expected to include a suite of features, including digital concierge services, such as fueling, cleaning, service pick-up, and e-commerce deliveries to the car”

So how does this translate to the Polestar 1? It’s too early to tell at this point, but if Polestar does, in fact, go this route, it’s going to be interesting to see how much it charges in terms of the monthly fee to go with the scope of features that will be included in subscription of the sports coupe. Expect to hear more about Polestar’s plans in the coming months as it tries to iron out all the kinks before ultimately offering the Polestar 1 to the public. Either way, it certainly looks like the sports coupe is not going to come cheap.

References

Polestar 1


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Read our full review on the 2018 Polestar 1.


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Read more Volvo news.

PostHeaderIcon Polestar 1

2017 Polestar 1

Originally named Flash Engineering and rebranded in 2005, Polestar is Volvo’s go-to when it comes to performance applications. Now, however, Polestar has broken away from the mothership, seeking its own destiny as a “standalone electric performance brand.” The Polestar 1 is the company’s first effort in that role, promising huge hybrid power, stylish GT car looks, a classy interior, and even a new take on modern car ownership models. It’s an ambitious undertaking and, if successful, it will undoubtedly shake things up across the industry. However, the question remains – will Polestar have what it takes to fend for itself?

Continue reading to learn more about the Polestar 1.

Exterior

  • Sleek, refined styling details
  • Very similar to the Volvo S90
  • Classic GT car shape

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“It’s low and sleek and wide, a contoured, smoothed-out slab of elegant aggression with timeless grand tourer proportions”

Right off the bat, we’re loving the look of the Polestar 1. It’s low and sleek and wide, a contoured, smoothed-out slab of elegant aggression with timeless grand tourer proportions that would look at home at the top of the segment.

“But wait,” you’re probably saying, “this is too nice to be a real production vehicle. This is just a concept, right? Will the real thing really look this good?”

While not necessarily a slam-dunk “yes,” our answer is that we’re hopeful not much will change by the time the 1 starts rolling off the assembly line. As evidence, we’d like to point to the design seen on the latest Volvo S90 sedan –

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Seen side-by-side, the design similarities are obvious. The front end in particular shows a remarkable resemblance between the two cars, with those narrow, forward-pointing headlight housings, which get divided into a bottom and upper portion thanks to a single horizontal graphic. The grilles are also identical in shape, down to the vertical slats and black insert. However, the Polestar distinguishes itself thanks to a reshaped lower bumper sporting larger intakes and more dramatic aero blades.

Moving to the flanks, we find the Polestar 1 beefs up its silhouette with a more aggressive roofline and plumped-up fender flares. This is particularly true in the rear, where the wheels seem to hang off the back of the car with an assertive demeanor. Speaking of the rollers, the Polestar 1 comes equipped with large wheels that fill the plus-sized fenders with purpose, nearly scraping its low-profile tires against the underside of the vehicle. Punctuating the smooth look of the two-door profile is a single lower character line, while the side-view mirrors look like carryovers from the S90. All told, the side-view looks more Aston Martin than it does Volvo – and that’s a very, very good thing.


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“All told, the side-view looks more Aston Martin than it does Volvo – and that’s a very, very good thing.”

Moving to the rear, we once again find the S90’s influence show its face, in particular thanks to the C-shaped taillight housings. The trunk is rectangular, sharpening the look with crisp edges and a short overhang. The rear glass also appears to stretch up and into the roof, which should offer occupants a great deal of ambient lighting and result in an airy, open feel for those camped out on the rear bench. Lower black inserts connote addition sportiness with a diffuser-look element.

“It’s an extremely clean, almost anti-septic design approach, but we think it works great in an application like this.”

It’s an extremely clean, almost anti-septic design approach, but we think it works great in an application like this. We’re also digging the lack of badges, which would undoubtedly end up cluttering the overall look.

Details beyond the general aesthetics are a bit hazy at this point, but Polestar did mention that the body is made from carbon fiber, which should cut into the car’s curb weight significantly. Furthermore, we’d expect LED lighting elements front to back, plus adaptive high-/low-beam headlights in the nose.

Interior

  • Cabin layout taken from the Volvo S90
  • 2+2 seating arrangement
  • High-end materials throughout

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“You still get lots of polished metal trim, added as surrounds for the dash, vertical air vents, and character lines”

Inside the cabin, the Polestar 1 once again draws heavily from the Volvo S90, this time around as a direct carryover. Even the steering wheel is identical. Check it out –

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Can you spot the differences? We sure can’t.

But again, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We adore the S90’s cabin, and it wouldn’t make sense for polestar to mess with something so good just for the sake of being different.

You still get lots of polished metal trim, added as surrounds for the dash, vertical air vents, and character lines. A tall digital screen was placed in the center stack, while the various controls are angled towards the driver. Soft touch materials are added to the central tunnel, with cutouts added to provide space for the shifter and various drive settings. The seats appear to be covered in sumptuous leather upholstery, and we’d also expect heating and ventilation functions. The instrumentation behind the steering wheel includes additional digital readouts.

“Carbon fiber is a prominent trim material of choice. Yeah, it’s a bit cheesy, but it work in a high-end performer like this.”

Carbon fiber also seems to be a prominent trim material of choice, seen lying across the dash in wide swaths of tasty weave. Yeah, it’s a bit cheesy, but it work in a high-end performer like this.

Also, Polestar says the 1 uses a 2+2 interior, which means you can sneak in some smaller folks behind you if desired.

Finally, considering Volvo’s dedication to the latest and greatest assistance technology, we’d expect the same kind of gear in the Polestar 1 as well. Adaptive cruise control, speed sign recognition, automatic braking, and similar tech should come as standard.

Drivetrain

  • Hybrid powertrain makes 600 horsepower
  • 738 pound-feet of torque
  • Up to 93 miles in EV mode

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“Polestar did say peak output comes to a heady 600 horsepower and 1,000 Nm (738 pound-feet) of torque”

This is where the performance company really starts to make its break from Volvo. Creating the go in the Polestar 1 is a hybrid electric-gasoline powertrain, and although we don’t know exactly what’s burning the dyno juice, Polestar did say peak output comes to a heady 600 horsepower and 1,000 Nm (738 pound-feet) of torque.

That’s a lot, and we’re excited to see Polestar getting so ambitious with its first stand-alone model. Indeed, if all goes according to plan, it certainly bodes well for the future of the company.

“Polestar says the 1 can go as far as 150 km (93 miles) on electric power alone.”

What’s more, Polestar says the 1 can go as far as 150 km (93 miles) on electric power alone, a figure the company claims as the longest of any hybrid currently on the market. That’s right – speed and economy. What a lovely combination, no?

If we were to speculate, we’d guess Polestar is tuning a twin-charged (supercharged and turbocharged) inline 2.0-liter four-cylinder (basically the T8 Plug-In Hybrid powerplant you see offered in numerous Volvo vehicles) for even more power, while throwing in a beefed-up lithium-ion battery pack under the floor and a set of high-end electric motors to boot. What’s more, we’d also expect a variety of driving modes to make the most of the available power sources, including both a sport mode and an eco mode.

Chassis And Handling

  • Uses the Volvo Scalable Platform Architecture
  • Carbon fiber body cuts weight
  • Electronic suspension is from Ohlins

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“Under the skin of the Polestar 1, you’ll find (surprise, surprise) the Volvo Scalable Platform Architecture, or SPA platform”

Under the skin of the Polestar 1, you’ll find (surprise, surprise) the Volvo Scalable Platform Architecture, or SPA platform. Introduced in 2014, these are the same bones used to create the modern Volvo XC90 SUV, XC60 crossover, and of course, the S90 sedan and V90 wagon.

That said, Polestar asserts that about half of the 1’s chassis is new. Details on what that means are still forthcoming, but we’re gonna guess it has something to do with more rigidity and sportiness, as well as greater accommodation for larger battery packs. Indeed, Polestar is quick to point out that the carbon fiber body components help to up torsional rigidity by as much as 45 percent.

“Polestar asserts that about half of the 1’s chassis is new. The carbon fiber body components help to up torsional rigidity by as much as 45 percent.”

All of that should help the car not only soak up road aberrations and smooth out the ride, but also make it more entertaining to dive in the corners as well. To complement this, the Polestar 1 uses two electric motors at the rear axle, thus creating an advanced torque vectoring system for even sharper handling.

Further apex hunting is assisted by the upgraded suspension system, which uses a new electronic, continuously variable set-up from Ohlins.

All promising stuff, no doubt. But will it be enough to tackle the heavy-hitters of the segment?

Prices

  • Available via “subscription”
  • Owning one will be about $100K

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Polestar is scheduling production of its first standalone vehicle for sometime mid-2019. The new GT car will get built in Polestar’s new production center in China, which is currently under construction and will be completed some time next year.

Now, here’s where things start to get a little weird. Polestar says it wants to shake up the traditional car ownership experience with the 1, starting with the way you order the thing. All interested buyers can log said interest via the Internet, either through an app or online portal. What’s more, rather than owning the car outright, you’ll be able to essentially rent it via a two- to three-year “subscription.” This includes no deposit, and simple monthly payments. The subscription will also toss in delivery services, and the chance to rent alternative vehicles in the Volvo and Polestar lineups.

“Rather than owning the car outright, you’ll be able to essentially rent it via a two- to three-year “subscription” and monthly payments.”

Of course, you’ll probably wanna try it out beforehand, so Polestar says it’s opening a network of “Polestar Spaces” across the globe to do exactly that. These will be separate from Volvo dealers – again, something that’s very ambitious for the newly christened standalone Polestar. Additionally, the 1 will use a “Phone-As-Key” feature wherein owners can share their car with someone else if desired.

Order books for the Polestar 1 are open now. Official pricing for the monthly subscription are not yet announced, but if you’re more interested in just buying one outright, we hear a figure around $100,000 might make sense.

Competition

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid


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Sportiness and efficiency, eh? Porsche already has you covered with its electrified Panamera. Dubbed the 4 E-Hybrid, this battery-assisted wagon/sedan/hatchback thing arrives on the scene with the traditional Stuttgart styling, including oval headlights and a 911-like front end. With four doors and four seats onboard, there’s plenty of room to stretch out, while materials and amenities are all top-notch. Under the hood, you’ll find a 2.9-liter V-6 making 330 horsepower, while the electric motor makes 136 horses. Put ‘em together, and you’ll get as much as 462 horsepower, plus an even-more-impressive 516 pound-feet of torque. Just 4.4 seconds is needed to hit 60 mph, while top speed looks like 172 mph. Pricing starts at just under $100,000.

Read our full review on the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.

Lexus LC 500H


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Based on the hot-to-trot Lexus LC 500, the 500H builds on its ICE-only sibling’s sexy good looks by adding two electric motors and an additional automatic transmission (two transmissions total). The result is less of the wind-up-and-go feel you get from a normal CVT, plus plenty of power as well. Inside, the 500H is dripping with luxury, while the 0-to-60 mph sprint is done in less than five seconds thanks to 354 horsepower at the rear axle. Burning the gasoline is a 3.5-liter V-6, while top speed is pegged at 155 mph.

Read our full review on the Lexus LC 500H.

Conclusion


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Normally, something like the Polestar 1 would have our BS detectors ringing like crazy. The details on this are few and far between, while the claims that are getting thrown around are so ambitious, they border on the unbelievable. 600 hybrid horsepower, 738 pound-feet of torque, and nearly 100 miles of all-electric range? New ownership models? Gorgeous styling and high-end luxury? All made in a new factory and coming from a new standalone brand?

If you were typing out the word “vaporware” in the comments section right at this moment, we wouldn’t blame you.

That said, we think Polestar has what it needs to pull this off. Sure, it’s broken away from Volvo, but it’s obvious how close the 1 is to existing products from the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker. Just look at the cabin for evidence of that.

“We think Polestar has what it needs to pull this off.”

So yeah, it’s ambitious, but with Volvo at its back, we think Polestar certainly has the right stuff to make it work.

The company says it’s already got three models in the works, with all future offerings slated to get fully electrified drivetrains (the Polestar 1 will the only hybrid in the lineup). These include the mid-size Polestar 2 scheduled for later in 2019, framed as the first BEV from the Volvo Car Group and expected to reach high-production numbers compared to the Polestar 1 (think Tesla Model 3 fighter). The follow-up will be the Polestar 3, an SUV that promises to “create a modern expression of electric performance and driving dynamics.”

Sounds good to us. Now we just gotta wait to see the Polestar 1 hit the streets.

  • Leave it
    • Big promises, but can Polestar deliver?
    • Very similar to existing Volvo products in numerous ways
    • Plenty of stuff could go wrong between now and full production status
    • Smells like vaporware

References

Volvo S90 Sedan


2017 Volvo S90 - image 658241

Read our full review on the 2017 Volvo S90.

Volvo XC90


2016 Volvo XC90 - image 565977

Read our full review on the 2017 Volvo XC90.

Volvo XC60


2018 Volvo XC60 - image 708314

Read our full review on the 2018 Volvo XC60.

Volvo V90 wagon


2017 Volvo V90 - image 666469

Read our full review on the 2017 Volvo V90.

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