Polestar 1 Will Retail For $155,000

Geely and Volvo’s new electric car brand is showcasing the Polestar 1 at the Beijing Auto Show this week. Which is all well and fine. But more to the point, they’ve announced pricing for the hybrid coupe.

The Polestar 1 will carry a sticker price of $155,000 in the United States. In Europe, it will sell at par for €155,000. And in China (where it will be made), it will retail for ¥1.45 million.

For that sum, buyers will get a sleek hybrid coupe with 600 horsepower (447 kW) and 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque.

The pricing scheme puts the Polestar 1 in the same league as the BMW i8 (~$143k) and Acura NSX ($156k) – both hybrid coupes, albeit of different orientation. It also more-or-less splits the difference between the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid (~$100k) and Turbo S E-Hybrid (~$185k). But those of course are four-door sedans (or five-door wagons). A top-of-the-line Tesla Model S P100D retails for $135,000 (before tax incentives).

Subscription Plan To Follow

“We have seen a strong initial response from our first customers,” said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. “This gives us confidence that our brand has a bright future. In 2019 already we will launch our next car, the Polestar 2 – a mid-sized fully-electric car which is well developed in its engineering phase. We will follow that up with the Polestar 3, a stunning electric SUV with a beautiful aerodynamic silhouette that is already advanced in its design phase.”

What the pricing doesn’t tell us is how much the monthly subscription will cost. Those details will be “confirmed at a later date.” Pre-production testing at the Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, China, is slated to commence before the end of the year.

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  • dumblikeyou2

    An unequivocal no.

  • Rocket

    Handsome. But I promise you if I ever drop $155k on a vehicle, it won’t be wearing a ‘Made in China’ label.

    • TheHake

      I can upvote you only once. 🙁

    • Bo Hanan

      Pretty confident for a car company no one has ever heard of.

  • gbmike25

    55k for a stunning VOLVO….yes, 155k ….. out of their minds

  • Not sure about this $155K price…what are we getting for this very high premium? Is it better than an NSX?

    • They said something about using all the latest material, like all the carbon fiber bits and the hybrid tech.

  • wait a minute

    I’d like to trade my existing volvo against the Polstar 1, what will you give me for it?… 100K

    • TheHake

      I’d need 153k…

  • nauticalone

    It appears nice…but not that nice. Not even close!

  • pxsupply

    Ok so I know these are different but….. For half that you can get a Dodge Charger Demon or Challenger, or an Alfa Romeo Giuilia QV. I would take the Alfa Giulia QV over the Polestar (with that price) any day of the week. But that’s just me. And then there is money left over for a new Volvo XC90 with everything…..

    • Bob

      Very clever man. That’s my dream garage RN coincidentally.

  • TheHake

    Nuts. And why the hell do we have to pay more in Europe???????????????????

  • fabri99

    Eh, I think the trouble with this car is brand’s perception. It might be worth the price and most contenders cost just about the same…yet inevitably we all struggle to consider this very good looking Volvo coupè a “supercar”. It might have 600 hybrid horsepower and two seats, but it just looks like a coupè by Volvo, the one you’d normally pay 40 grand for. I fear they might be biting off more than they can chew, they should have started with something either lower in the range or dramatically different from a Volvo. And this, just won’t do for me.


    No way they could justify this price if it was sold as an official Volvo. This is pretty much the same turf as the NSX.

    • Nordschleife

      Agreed. Hell at least the NSX looks supercar-ish. This looks like a Mercedes S-Class coupe in that it’s understated and like you said even if it was sold as an official Volvo it wouldn’t command that price.

  • Nordschleife

    Who are the consumers willing to spend this much on this vehicle that makes them feel that this is going to be a hit? Who is this “ideal” consumer.

    • Probably Chinese…

    • Stephen G

      Extremely rich person that likes the way it looks (and will probably never drive it).

  • smartacus

    ok fine, it’s the same price as an i8 and NSX.
    but you’re missing the point:

    i8 is from Germany
    NSX is from Nippon

    but Vulva is from China,
    they just can’t compare
    to Geely’s quality levels

  • Enter Ranting

    What a missed opportunity. This should have been sold as a Volvo for around $40K. Did they learn NOTHING from the ELR?

    • LWOAP

      Pretty sure affordable performance doesn’t have a place at Volvo as of right now.

    • Nordschleife

      I wholeheartedly agree. This was going to be my next car (no lie) when I though it was going to be a reasonably priced Volvo.

  • Cool guy


  • CJKnox
    • Bo Hanan


    • Thom One

      Haha. That’s hysterical!!

  • SteersUright

    The only way any of these tiny upstarts can survive or even thrive is to launch with bulletproof reliability. To over engineer their first few generation and garner a reputation for stellar build quality. Otherwise, who wants the headache of gambling on unknown brands charging big dollars?

  • S3XY

    Lol at anyone that gets this over a P100D. It’s the new ELR.

  • willhaven

    Oooof – I can’t imagine how terrible the depreciation will be.

  • Bob White

    Big dough for a 4 banger and made in China. They may sell a few.


  • Consider this is like Tesla Roadster, anyone remember that? That car was uber expensive for basically electrified Lotus. This serve as proof of concept and brand introduction (which ironically, they are badged Polestar because they thought anyone wouldn’t buy Volvo for 150k)

    • Stephen G

      Tesla was cutting edge at the time. This has direct competition priced 50% less.

      • Status

        Like what? I hope you’re not going to suggest a Dodge Challenger.

        • Stephen G

          We’re discussing electrics so the Model S, Model X or Model 3.

          • To be frank Polestar is hybrid and not full blown Tesla electric.

          • Stephen G

            It is. You brought up Tesla.

          • *facepalm* someone miss what I’m saying. I’m not saying Tesla literally. But more of the same situation when Tesla launched the original roadster.

      • Do they? They are more like company that brings electric car to the road, if you look at that era there are a lot of electric car prototype and concept that has similar specs but aren’t available at public.

  • Stephen G

    Why is it that when I read the word Polestar I think of a large breasted scantily clad woman on a stage holding a column anchored to the ground and ceiling? Funny. Maybe it’s because that costs me too much money also?

  • WAOW that’s a lot for an hybrid from a brand only known to car people… Would still be a lot for a nice Volvo with a great engine. It’s a nice car… But come on! Who’s the smart guy who said let’s make Polestar a brand, and make this so expensive it has no chance of success???? i8 and NSX are not huge success. Mostly it’s 30% more than a XC90 with the same powertrain (not the same output ok) and with all the options checked.

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