The Polestar 1 is a wildly beautiful coupe that, when it first was announced, you couldn’t really buy. All we knew was that it’d be part of Volvo’s “car subscription” program. Now we have more details on how the pricing thereof shakes out, and yes, a confirmation that you can actually buy the car if you want to.
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Good Lord, the Polestar 1 looks great. And rather than merely staying as Volvo’s performance arm, now Polestar is its own electric performance brand. You’ll be able to order one of its cars in 2019, but only if you live in one of its five initial launch markets.
I’m here in Shanghai, marveling at all the bewildering makes of cars (what’s the one with the starfish badge? The horse head? The one that looks like the Starfleet insignia? More on that soon!) and scrutinizing the Polestar 1 in more detail. Here are the biggest questions I have and the best answers I got from the…
Polestar has been Volvo’s in-house performance brand since 1996, providing higher-performance versions of Volvo cars, much like Mercedes-Benz’s AMG or BMW’s M. You know how that works. Now, though, Volvo is spinning Polestar off into its own unique brand, with Polestar-badged cars that, while they may share some…
Polestar, which has been getting pretty coy on Instagram as of late, is finally beginning to show some of its cards.
Polestar, Volvo’s official performance arm, announced back in June that it would offer Polestar-branded cars without a Volvo logo, as well as begin to develop performance electric cars, à la Tesla. Yesterday, the company took to its Instagram account to announce the end of... something. Perhaps Polestar-tuned Volvo…
Volvo’s performance brand Polestar just matched the power of Volvo’s most powerful car ever—the Volvo XC90 T8—in the lighter, smaller XC60. Meet the new Polestar-tweaked Volvo XC60 T8: the plug-in hybrid Volvo guaranteed to scare all the kids on the way to soccer practice with 421 horsepower.
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Blue, spunky and Swedish: these are the things I love about Polestars. And now I’m hearing that it could start making electric performance cars? You have my attention.
Usually, when an automaker sets a record lap at the Nürburgring, there’s a lot of yelling about it that follows. Press releases. Tweets. On-board footage. Stuff like that. Volvo, apparently, set a record with the S60 Polestar at the Ring last year and then... went about its usual business and said nothing to anyone…
It’s not often that you see a truck pitted against a race car. Seems like a quirky and wonderful thing to do. Of course Volvo is behind it!
There’s still no full-on Volvo XC90 T8 Polestar, but the Swedish skunkworks now offers an “Optimization Package” for the hybrid SUV that bumps output to 421 horsepower and a little over 500 ft-lbs of torque. Torque is good.
While this isn’t the biggest surprise given Volvo’s gradual pull-out from racing, it still makes us sad. Volvo’s Polestar made it official today that they would not be renewing their contract with Australian Supercars once this season is over. The team, however, is looking to keep racing the Volvo without them.
Volvo has been touting their turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter inline-four since it launched in 2015. And now, the Swedes’ performance arm, Polestar, has gotten its hands on the engine, modified it, and dropped it into the S60 and V60. The result: more power. More acceleration. More joy in this world.
Living stateside, you might think that the Volvo S60 is the smallest car that the Swedish company makes. You would be very wrong. Over in Europe, Volvo sells a car called the V40, a slick-looking little hatchback, but it is strictly not sold in the U.S. For the next 40-series car, Volvo plans to change that. Oh, and…