The upcoming Polestar 2 has entered the final stages of its development process, as series production is scheduled to start in early 2020.
Polestar’s first all-electric car will be a high-performance sedan packing 402 HP (300KW) and 486 lb-ft (660 Nm) of torque and all-wheel drive, as well as a chassis tuned, according to the company, to offer “a thrilling drive by default”. 0-62 mph (100km/h) is expected to take less than 5 seconds.
In addition, Polestar will offer an optional Performance Pack, which adds larger Brembo brakes and a set of trick adjustable Öhlins dampers, to those wanting something even sportier.
To ensure that the Polestar 2 performs as it should, the company has tested it all over the world, including the US, UK, South Africa, China, Germany, Spain and the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden.
“The car should feel alive when negotiating a South African mountain pass, calm and confident when cruising at speed on a German autobahn,” says Joakim Rydholm, Polestar’s lead chassis engineer and chief test driver. “Cool in Death Valley, cozy in the Arctic and relaxed on a wet country lane in England. As we hone each element along the way, to create that magical Polestar feeling, it gets very exciting. And we don’t stop until we are totally satisfied.”
Rydholm, who is also the man responsible for tuning the plug-in hybrid Polestar 1, wants Polestar models to offer a unique driving character that’s recognizable across the brand’s lineup.
“Our cars should feel alive and communicative but balanced and predictable. Suspension tuning is one of the most crucial elements in delivering this sophisticated ride,” he says. “With our Performance Pack set-up in Polestar 2, we don’t have overcomplicated electronic suspension systems. Instead, we make the smallest adjustments to the Öhlins Dual Flow Valve dampers to find the sweet spot. This really sets the car apart from other electric vehicles”.
Prices for the upcoming Polestar 2 start from €58,800 ($64,900) in Germany, with the Performance Pack being a €6,000 option. The fully electric Polestar will be offered with a 78 kWh battery pack that gives it an estimated range of 275 miles (EPA) or 500 km (WLTP). First customer deliveries in Europe will commence in June.