Volvo’s performance brand Polestar drops the Volvo name for its first ever stand-alone vehicle. It’s fittingly named Polestar 1. It’s packing Electric Performance Hybrid heat with 600-horsepower.
Basically, it’s the sexy version of Dad’s old Volvo. But in the extreme sense since it’s a coupe. Repeat, a coupe from a Volvo brand. We mentioned the 600-horses, which prove its performance abilities.
It’s super modern in its presentation. Polestar did its official release on Instagram and it will sell online only. Or, more accurately, leased out in what Volvo calls a subscription lasting two or three years. No deposit is necessary and the subscription includes the delivery.
Polestar 1 is what Volvo calls a 2+2 seat Grand Tourer Coupé. It follows Volvo’s goal to transition into an all alternative fuel brand.
It’s classified as an Electric Performance Hybrid, powered by both a battery and an internal combustion engine. Performance torque vectoring comes from a double electric rear axle. A ton of carbon fiber makes the body. This saves on weight and makes a nice stiff torso.
Its build is the same Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) of Volvo’s V90, S90, and XC90, but again, it’s a coupe. That shows how ‘Scalable’ SPA is. Over half of the model is all-Polestar though in terms of build. Its chassis design makes it the first vehicle with öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension.
Order books are open now but Polestar 1 won’t start rolling off the production line until mid-2019.
Two other models will follow. Polestar 2, an all-electric compact sedan, is due out in late 2019. It’s designed to take on the Tesla Model 3. Later, the SUV Polestar 3 will join the team.