Polestar 1 PHEV To Tackle Hill Climb At Goodwood

JUN 11 2018 BY ADRIAN PADEANU 2

Not only that, but a couple of production-spec cars will be showcased.

Plug-in hybrid cars used to be rather boring not that many years ago, but things have dramatically changed since then and some of these partially electrified cars are truly enticing. A prime example would have to be the Polestar 1, a high-performance coupe that started out in life as a Volvo S90 Coupe before making the transition to the standalone Polestar brand. The car was originally unveiled mid-October 2017 and we’ll finally get to see it in action next month at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The car in question will be prototype #004 set to go up the hill climb with Polestar chief test driver Joakim Rydholm behind the wheel performing the model’s dynamic debut. If you’re more interested in seeing the final product, you’re in luck as FoS attendees will be given the opportunity to check out in the metal a couple of production-spec cars way before the start of customer deliveries scheduled for the middle of next year.

Set to be assembled at the new Polestar Production Centre in China, the Polestar 1 will offer not only a meaty 600 of electrified horses, but also the longest zero-emissions range on a production hybrid by covering 93 miles (150 kilometers) without sipping any gasoline. The gorgeous two-door coupe will be produced at first in only 500 examples annually due to an intricate build process.

Initially, Polestar will be offering its first production model only with a subscription plan, but the company will eventually sell the car the old fashioned way. Buying it outright is going to set you back a cool $155,000 in the United States, €155,000 in Europe, and 1.4 million yuan in China. That’s the price to pay for having a mountain-moving amount of torque at your disposal: 737 pound-feet (1,000 Newton-meters).

Following the rollout of the coupe, a considerably cheaper Polestar 2 pure EV will follow to take on the Tesla Model 3. It will be out before the end of the decade and is going to be joined by a fully electric crossover in 2020 when the Polestar 4 is also scheduled to debut, probably as a convertible.

Meanwhile, the Polestar 1 will be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed between July 12 and 15 and then it will head to the Monterey Car Week for its North American debut set for August 23-26.

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2 Comments on "Polestar 1 PHEV To Tackle Hill Climb At Goodwood"

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Dan

It’s ugly, overpriced, owned by the brother in law of Chinese dictator. Not a chance!

Chris Stork

It’s a handsome car, but it’s still just a hybrid (and a pricey one at that). PHEVs (and HEVs) are the DVD/VCR combo of the auto industry; they’re a go-between during a period of drastic change. The difference is, you could keep using the DVD player long after VHS died out; PHEVs won’t really be any use once all the gas stations close. (Unless they have a pretty big battery, in which case why get a PHEV at all?)