Previously, the 2 was offered with a single-motor drivetrain powering the front wheels, along with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive version. The big news is that the single motor version has been flipped, with the electric motor now driving the car’s rear axle, bringing with it more power, and what Polestar claims will be a more playful driving experience.
Power steps up from the 231PS (170kW) of the old single motor car, to a fairly useful 299PS (220kW), while torque increases from 330Nm to 490Nm, bringing with it a significant boost in terms of performance. The standard Polestar 2 now leaps off the line to 62mph in just 6.2 seconds, a full 1.2 seconds faster than the pre-facelift model.
And this new motor makes a difference to all-wheel-drive, dual motor cars as well. It introduces a rear-driven bias not present before, disconnecting the front driven axle when not needed. More power is offered up, with the standard output now 421PS (310kW), for 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds. The downloadable Performance Pack untaps the system to its full potential, unlocking up to 476PS (350kW).