Watch The Polestar 1 Hit 124 Mph (200km/h) During Testing

Polestar continues testing the pre-production 1 hybrid coupe, more than a year after it was officially shown to the world.

The coupe is in the ‘Driver Experience’ phase, according to Volvo’s performance brand. This means that test drivers and engineers are working together to make the final adjustments. In this case, they revolve around the steering responsiveness and software that controls the torque vectoring.

As for the selected environment, it left the 45° banked roads of the High Speed Track behind, as the Polestar 1 was set loose on country roads. The rain-soaked asphalt proved to be no match for the hybrid coupe, which hit speeds in excess of 124 mph (200 km/h), a necessary asset “to determine just how responsive and predictable it is”, noted the company.

Also Read: Polestar 1 Will Retail For $155,000

“Whenever you drive Polestar 1, you should immediately feel like you are in control, and that the car is ready to respond to your input, no matter what you want to do”, said Polestar’s chief test driver, Joakim Rydholm. “This is a GT that needs to be easy to drive and comfortable in everyday use, with its smooth and quiet hybrid drivetrain – but also ready to deliver its thrilling 600 PS (592 hp / 441 kW) and 1,000 Nm (738 lb-ft) whenever the driver wants it.”

Early next year, Polestar will unleash the first prototypes made in their Chinese facility, located in Chengdu, which is to be completed soon. This will mark the final stage of prototype testing, before pre-production cars will be assembled to final specification.


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  • lagunas3ca

    124 mph, big deal?

    • ErnieB

      Yeah.. my measly mustang ecoboost hits 124 without breaking a sweat..

  • matrem

    Damn, that’s pretty.

  • Kagan

    Is it 1920 to watch just 200km/h!!!

  • Mike anonymous

    Maybe it’s an achievement because it’s handling so well at high speeds in the rain (/on wet pavement)? If so, I think that’s a reason to celebrate.
    If that’s not the case then I am not completely sure as to what all of the commotion is about.

    • Marty

      I think we need to think about were in the development process this car is at the moment. It’s not even a beta test.

      This is a test of a pre-production PROTOTYPE. In that stage, the fact that the car works is a reason to celebrate. Usually, this is when the first blurry images of camouflaged cars will appear in sites like this one.

  • ctk4949

    Its nice, but 6 figure nice??

  • ErnieB

    It’s a beautiful car.. but not at $155k.. there are more exotic options available albeit not fully electric ..

    • TheAmerican

      You worded that like electric is a good thing

      • ErnieB

        Well, for those looking for a hybrid exotic GT or sports type car, there aren’t a lot of options. At $155k you are in Porsche gts, nsx, vantage, and Audi R8 territory— all are way cooler, head turning, and thrilling.. oh .. forgot.. they sound great too.. so I don’t see the value proposition here other than it’s fully electric?

        • Mike anonymous

          No it’s not fully electric. Polestar’s other models will be fully electric, but this is a hybrid of sorts. I don’t think it’s purpose is to be a… (sorry, I don’t think I can use words to describe the way the Porsche GTS, Vantage, and R8 sound… mmmm)… well ‘that’ kind of car.

          This seems more like a calm but fast, and simply relaxed vehicle that also happens to have a bit of power to it. I think it’s $155k price tag is more so for the ‘experience’, luxury, and technological, aspect of it, opposed to the sports.

          Likely for those who want to (at times) drive electric when they’re just driving from place to place, but who also want a nice and luxurious GT with a bit of power when they want it. I might be wrong, but that’s my thought on it.

      • S3XY

        You speak as if you are a caveman

  • erly5

    Great looker but very expensive for what it is.

  • 2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T top speed: 154mph

  • Honda NSX-R

    Is this a Subscription only car by chance?

    • Mike anonymous

      I think they are going to be doing both subscription and full-payment. Originally I think it was subscription only, but it’s seemed that has changed as a number of customers simply wanted to own the vehicle outright.

      So (to my current knowledge) yes, no worries.

      • Honda NSX-R


  • Nop… This should still be a Volvo and just looks like a Volvo who was in an accident and lost part of its grille.

  • D3X

    I hope they address the transmission lag as well as the regenerative breaking so that it feels more seamless. This is a problem on the 2020 S60 Polestar Engineered, and it’s clear both of these cars are very related.

  • Kagan

    How do you test grip by cutting corners!

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