Volvo’s Performance Brand Hits The Nail On All Fronts With Impressive Polestar 1

In October, the Polestar 1 will blow two candles off its birthday cake – but you still cannot find it at dealers. That’s because the Volvo-owned brand has taken its time developing and fine-tuning what is its first-ever standalone production model.

The Polestar 1 can trace its roots back to the 2013 Concept Coupe. Like the show car, it has a stunning two-door design and puts the Thor’s hammer headlights and C-shaped taillights to good use. These parts have since become a signature feature of other modern Volvos, yet none of them live up to the hype or the presence of the hybrid coupe.

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Opening the door reveals a modern-looking cabin, jammed with a lot of equipment and technology features. On a second look, though, you will see that the interior has mostly been carried over from the XC60 and adorned with some carbon fiber trim that’s meant to make it look sportier. The steering wheel, seats, infotainment system and others are identical to the premium compact SUV, which is not a bad thing per se, though something a bit more unique wouldn’t go amiss.

There’s nothing to complain about when it comes to performance, though. The 2.0-liter, turbocharged and supercharged engine up front is assisted by two electric motors on the rear axle, which drive each wheel independently. For a car that weighs over 5,100 lbs (2,313 kg), or about the same as the new Bentley Continental GT, it’s extremely agile, thanks to the 600 PS (592 hp / 441 kW) and 1,000 Nm (738 lb-ft) of torque of combined power.

Naught to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes about 4 seconds, which is not bad at all for a luxurious grand tourer. Plus, it can also travel in complete silence if you so wish, with the 34 kWh battery providing it with a zero-emission driving range of 150 km (93 miles).

The Polestar 1 doesn’t feature an air suspension but shock absorbers that can be adjusted not electronically, but by popping the hood open and rotating a knob. In spite of this old-school method, it’s very well balanced, with Polestar’s engineers having nailed that sweet spot between firmness and comfort. This, combined with the active rear axle, allows it to be pushed into a corner at relatively high speeds with great confidence.

And how do we know all that? Well, RoadShow were given access to a pre-production car in Sweden and took the opportunity to film their short review on the rain-soaked roads. And, pre-production or not, they came away very impressed.


  • EyalN

    Say Geely and not Volvo. this car is more Mercedes (Geely owns large amount of shares in mercedes) than Volvo

    • vvmdrf

      That’s why its a Polestar? lol

    • Dude

      How is it more Mercedes? It still uses the same SPA platform, engine, and components used in all of Volvo’s other cars

    • McFly

      Just that it was designed to be a Volvo.

  • Salih Ahzem

    I still cannot pass the grill not sporting the Volvo logo! Normally it shouldn’t have to be a big deal, but all the design cues, shape of headlights etc. are so similar to other Volvo’s so it’s just bothering.

    • McFly

      Yes, it’s such a strange strategy – to take cars that were planned to be Volvos, removing the logo, and pretending like nothing happened.

  • Paul

    Polestar sounds like some place we should not go.

    • ErnieB

      Why not? What’s wrong with a little bumping and grinding? LOL

    • McFly

      Good joke. First time I heard it I laughed so hard I almost missed the mammoth I was hunting. 😉

    • Bo Hanan

      I heard it was raided by the cops and closed down 3 years ago.

  • ErnieB

    Although I dislike the fact that Volvo didn’t make a more accessible version of this I’d still get this over the BMW 8.. I think.

  • Bo Hanan

    By the time this over hyped car debuts it will be time for it’s redesign.

    • Ben

      We’ve become spoiled by redesigns. In my personal opinions, its why half these vehicles that come out nowadays are ugly as sin. They just say “Meh, its striking, we’ll clean up the lines in 2.5 years anyway”.

  • Nordschleife

    I am not going to complain (like I normally do) about how this should be a Volvo. I will say that the author makes a great point about how overall sedan-esque the interior is. I would’ve liked to see a sporty interpretation of the Volvo design ethos for this model. And while i know that the interior of most coupes look like the sedan, the overall feel of the dash just says sedan while interiors like the C-class can skew either way. in my opinion.

    • McFly

      Yes, and it’s not even the (sportier?) S60 interior, but the S90. And that is not just a large sedan interior, but also a few years old already.

  • Alx

    ‘should have been a VOLVO…’
    ‘should have been cheaper…’
    ‘should have been…’

    …people will always complain, and occasionally are not wrong. this is such occasion.

  • lapirk


    that is just wrong

  • still looks like a kid stole the badge in the front… I would never buy one, but if I did, I’d change the grille for a Volvo grille.

  • Enter Ranting

    The powertrain is WAY too complicated, especially when factoring in Volvo’s poor reliability. This car is also way too heavy. And WAAAAAAAAAAY too expensive. It doesn’t look like it should cost more than $60,000. This will not be a sales hit for Volvo, or “Polestar,” or whatever.

  • Nexus7

    What is the point of this car? It isn’t particularly remarkable for its engineering – a buncha motors to get a lot of hp but which also make it heavy. Odd shape.. like a chunky Infiniti G35. Standard Volvo interior. Not a showcase for any new tech.

  • Thomas Gritzan

    Can someone please do a render with the middle part of the Polestar and the Front and the back of the new Megane RS Trophy ? It would be an awesome looking 3 Door RS Coupe !!!!!!

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