Polestar 1: Meet Volvo's 600hp, hybrid GT vehicle

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Polestar 1: Meet Volvo's 600hp, hybrid GT vehicle

Commenting on the unveiling of the first auto, Thomas Ingenlath, CEO, Polestar said; "All future cars from Polestar will feature a fully electric drivetrain, delivering on our brand vision of being the new standalone electric performance brand".

That means it will use a 2.0-litre four-cylinder that is both supercharged and turbocharged and combined with at least one powerful electric motor. In the 1's Pure (EV) mode, it functions as a rear-drive auto, and Polestar claims that it can travel up to 93 miles exclusively on battery power-farther than any current PHEV.

Polestar's first production auto, the Polestar 1, will be a 600hp two-door, four-seater hybrid coupe.

The Polestar 1's largely carbon-fibre body sits upon Volvo's Scalable Platform Architecture, reducing weight and improving torsional stiffness by 45 per cent while lowering the car's centre of gravity. An all-electric Polestar model targeting the Tesla Model 3 is now in development, the company said.

"The flat rate subscription means that having a Polestar auto becomes a hassle-free experience for the customer", Polestar said in a release. The Polestar 2 will rival the Tesla Model 3 and will be volume product unlike the 1. It will be interesting to see how people take to the subscription model, but the Polestar 1 is an exciting step into the growth of a whole new auto brand.

Volvo is transforming its performance sub-brand, Polestar, into an electric vehicle manufacturer, and has outlined its plan to bring three vehicles to market early in the next decade.

The performance aspect of the Polestar 1, however, is not limited to the engine, as it features a new Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension that allows the driver to change suspension settings from inside the vehicle for better ride or handling, depending on conditions. It is Polestar's first standalone hybrid "super" coupe after its departure from Volvo. Of course, the fact the Polestar 1 isn't yet available for sale makes that comparison a bit irrelevant, but that's still impressive for a performance-oriented GT.Power without control.

The company also announced that all future cars will have a full electric powertrain.

Given the specificity of mentioning the Model 3 in the release, it is a safe bet Polestar 2 will feature a 50 or 70-kWh battery pack to adequately compete with the Tesla. The Polestar 2 will be the company's first fully electric vehicle. The cars will be ordered 100 percent online and offered on a two or three year subscription basis. And if you're seriously up to date on your Volvo knowledge, you'll be aware that Volvo and its parent company Geely just pumped €640 million into Polestar to make it an innovative, electric performance brand.

"Our vision is that the Polestar subscription model and services that we will offer will define the Polestar brand as much as our cars will".

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