It’s official: Everybody is making an EV now, with automakers from the likes of Aston Martin to Land Rover trying to get a slice of Tesla’s pie. Volvo has now entered the fray with the new Polestar 1. With 600 horsepower and 768 lb-ft of torque, the Polestar 1 is in the vein of most of the other luxury EV vehicles already out, and tops most of them out in the power department. it’s actually a hybrid, and powered by the Volvo Drive-E 2.0-liter engine and two separate electric motors that power the rear wheels. Switch off the gas, however, and the battery will power you for 93 miles of all-electric driving – which isn’t bad all around, actually.
Apart from the engine, the Polestar 1 has an Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension system, with Öhlins shock absorbers, that monitor driver inputs and road conditions, and can automatically make adjustments within two milliseconds for a more precise suspension system for your driving; talk about fancy. This makes the handling nimble and quick, good enough for the best of tracks. You can also adjust suspension settings manually, and the brakes are a set of six-piston brake calipers with 400-mm discs.
Polestar CEO Thomeas Ingenlath says that “”Most electric cars are fast – that’s a product of the attributes of an electric motor,” says Ingenlath. “However, for Polestar, performance is far more holistic than just straight-line speed. It’s about acceleration, of course, but it’s also about cornering, braking, suspension control, chassis feedback and steering feel.”
And that exterior. It’s based on Volvo’s SPA platform, with bonded carbon fiber “patch” that increases its torsional rigidity by 45 percent. The panels carbon fiber, keeping its center of gravity low while saving 507 lbs off the SPA platform. There’s also a retractable rear wing, carbon interior, and a Polestar logo projected onto the glass roof whenever the car is turned on. A display box in the trunk lets you actually see the rear motors, as well.
Sound like something you’d like to try out? The Polestar 1 will be available in 2019, but not for purchase – Volvo plans on using their new subscription service, Care by Volvo, to roll it out to new owners. We guess if you like seeing your car as a service (like Spotify or your favorite subscription box), that’s a good way to go. Either way, the Polestar 1 looks like a brand new direction for Volvo, and a worthy addition to the luxury EV lineup. Price is TBD. Sign us up.