Formerly part of Volvo Cars, Polestar has gone independent and also quickly took the wraps off its first ever solo machine – the Polestar 1, a high-performance coupe with 600 hp and a 93-mile electric range.
While some expected a concept, Polestar has gone directly towards the production car, and we may even consider Polestar 1 has been previewed without us knowing, because its design is clearly inspired by the Volvo Concept Coupe from 2013. That’s obviously not a bad thing at all, because the two-door looks stunning, and also comes on a solid technical basis as it partially uses the SPA platform used for the large Volvo 90 series, as well as the new generation XC60 crossover.
The rest of the hardware is actually all-new, representing a collaboration between Polestar and Volvo specifically for the Polestar 1 – and most likely for upcoming new Polestar models to come. As such, we shouldn’t deride it as the coupe version of the S/V90 series, also considering the unique powertrain – a hybrid setup good for no less than 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet (1,000 Newton-meters) of torque. More so, the still wrapped in mystery battery pack provides enough electric range for 93 miles (150 km) of travel, with claims of delivering a record for hybrids. The entire body is being made out of carbon fiber to ensure a low weight and deliver a 45 percent hike in torsional stiffness, with an electric axle with torque vectoring capabilities at the back for better handling and power delivery.
Unfortunately, there are no performance specifications just yet, most likely because we’re going to have to wait quite a while before they can be subjected to real-world tests – Polestar 1 is going to be manufactured in China from the latter half of 2019. The production location, in Chengdu, China, on its own is not going to be up and running until mid-2018. The company has presented its future plans though – later in 2019 a Polestar 2 model will be presented as the first fully electric vehicle from the Volvo Car Group, with a Polestar 3 taking the form of an SUV even later down the line. Volvo and its parent company Geely have announced impressive investments worth 640 million euros in Polestar.