The all-electric Polestar 2 will make its UK debut at the Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, taking pride of place at the Polestar Pavilion.
All‑electric Polestar 2 to make UK debut at FOS
Revealed to the world ahead of the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the Polestar 2 is a Swedish-designed, Tesla-rivalling EV with a 310-mile range and a price of around £35,000.
Proof that this isn’t just ‘another EV’ is that it has a twin-electric motor set-up driving all four wheels and a 78kWh battery system. Total system output tallies at 401bhp and 660Nm (487lb ft) of instant torque, meaning 0-62mph acceleration in less than five seconds.
Customers will be able to option a performance pack, too, which will include Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and 20-inch forged wheels.
The avant-garde model has one car in its sights: Tesla’s yet-to-be-launched-in-the-UK Model 3. With a promised first delivery date from the Volvo-owned company just a year away, the Chinese-built EV may well beat the Yanks to Europe.
The 2 won’t be the only Polestar coming to FOS, however, as a production Polestar 1 will be taking to the hill as part of the Michelin Supercar Run, 12 months after a prototype Polestar 1 was hustled past Goodwood House with Chief Test Driver Joakim Rydholm at the helm.
Unlike the Polestar 2, the Polestar 1 is not a full EV. Instead, it uses a 215bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine (that’s both turbocharged and supercharged) to power the front wheels and two electric motors to send power to the back. The combined power output is 592bhp and 1,000Nm (740b ft) of torque.
Polestar 1 photography by Harry Elliot.
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