Polestar 1 Will Be A Thrilling Driver’s Car, Says Company’s Chief Test Driver

Polestar’s first standalone model made its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the hands of the company’s chief test driver Joakim Rydholm.

Rydholm, who is responsible for the chassis and performance tuning of the Polestar 1 as well, has a rich R&D background and a thing for rallies. He was responsible also for the outgoing S60 and V60 Polestar models, which were generally regarded as great performers and the cars that helped establish Polestar as a brand.

But his proudest moment is without a doubt the upcoming Polestar 1. The test driver shared some of his thoughts on the carbon-clad high-performance coupe that will arrive in the market in the middle of 2019.

“In the 22 years of my career developing the chassis for all sorts of cars, I have never experienced a package and drivetrain as thrilling as the Polestar 1,” said Rydholm. “The electric performance is so immediate and exciting, plus the torque vectoring technology gives such engaging handling. When you then factor in the Öhlins suspension, Akebono brakes and light-weight carbon fiber body, the Polestar 1 delivers truly outstanding performance!

“Yet we have also been able to tune the chassis so accurately that it produces a superb everyday ride quality, while also being ready for a spirited drive at any time. Our customers will definitely not be disappointed!”

The new Polestar 1 is tasked with showing the world what the brand really stands for. For that it will employ a heavily electrified powertrain that consists of a twin-charged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with a pair of electric motors. Polestar says that the combined output is set at 600hp and 738lb-ft (1,000Nm) of torque while the pure electric range will be 93 miles (150km).


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  • Andrewthecarguy

    Still think Volvo missed out on a C70/80/90 whatever they want to call it.
    Priced from $40k to $60k would have done wonders for the brand.

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    • Status

      600hp for $40K. Not going to happen.

    • Mr. EP9

      With all that carbon fiber in it? Not happening. They would have had to replace it with something cheaper and you would have had a different car considering it would have been heavier than this.

    • Mike anonymous

      I think Volvo is going to establish “Polestar” as it’s own company/brand, Separate from Volvo.

      Polestar will be seen as the Electric vehicle brand, where Volvo will be seen as the Hybrid brand. Due to this, Volvo still has a chance to actually develop a C70/80/90 or whatever,.. it will just be a Volvo and not a Polestar model.

      • botornot387

        Except not really. Volvo is a luxury brand and establishing itself in the same vein of Audi, Mercedes, and BMW. So really Polestar is being established as a standalone brand to Volvo, but you should see it more as the AMG to Volvo. Instead of being the super version of each model, it will however have different vehicles that will be the first to make the transition to electric power, as buyers who have the means to spend are more willing to adopt this technology. But just like AMG has been given the authority to greenlight its own projects, and set up standalone showrooms, Polestar is doing the same. But I would expect that Polestar will still be a top level trim on Volvo models as it appears on the S60 coming out, in very small numbers.

        • Mike anonymous

          What I was stating IS that Polestar want’s to be a separate brand/company, from Volvo. The people both at Volvo and Polestar stated that. They didn’t want it to be a top-tier-level Volvo,.. they want Polestar to be it’s own company/brand,.. and Polestar vehicles will be standalone (as in not in Volvos line-up).

          Polestar in the Past was more similar to the relationship Mercedes Benz & AMG have/had. You can look up the history between Volvo & “Polestar Cyan Racing” when you have time. Volvo fully purchased Polestar in 2015,. Since then they’ve wanted to turn it into a electric performance vehicle brand/company, separate from Volvo. (Much like the examples of other companies relationships between their brands that I gave in the previous comment). They won’t be making a Volvo version of the Polestar 1.

          Polestar will exist on it’s own, not as Volvo “trim-level”, (but still with a relationship to Volvo). Think more along the lines of a “Volvo engineered by Polestar” as opposed to the “Polestar-level trim of a Volvo” going forward. (To be honest it’s a lot, but I’d prefer not to get all into it, so) I do hope that helps.

          I think that you and I both understand the same things (somewhat), but I think you misunderstood what I had said.

    • botornot387

      Agreed, the new S60 needs to be available in a coupe/convertible layout. Hoping that they greelight this project cause the car is very competitive and undoubtedly would look good as a drop top.

  • R55

    £130k for a fast volvo though…

    • ErnieB

      At least when you wrap yourself around a tree it’ll be in a very safe fast car..

  • DMax

    For 100k+ it better be. This car doesn’t look like it’s worth 100k and not with that 4 banger. 70-80k perhaps.

    • botornot387

      I agree that price is pretty high, especially because I think most people see this as a rival to the M3/RS5/C63, and should have played in that arena pircewise; however, this vehicles use of more exotic materials and power put it in a class above. Not sure how it will pan out for the brand. The exclusive numbers should help it, but the performance has to be amazing in a category that competes with so many good options that are established in this price point.

  • Bob White

    Still sounds like a 4 banger ricer, which it is. I do like the styling which is a very attractive coupe. They missed the mark with this car. Either go full performance IC or full electric, not a heavy hybrid.

  • SteersUright

    I like every part of the cars (perhaps overly) conservative design except the rear. The tail lights and back end is really unimpressive and bland. Otherwise, its a handsome design.

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