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Polestar 2 Performance Upgrade Unlocks 68 HP for One-Time Fee

It's only available for dual-motor variants with the long-range battery pack.

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Polestar Performance Upgrade

The performance upgrade is also available during the car's build configuration, as part of a $5,500 package that also includes Brembo brakes, 20-inch wheels, cooler seat belts and adjustable Öhlins dampers.

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Polestar might not be the first automaker to offer a software-based performance upgrade for its electric vehicles, but the Volvo-owned EV brand's one-time-fee pricing may give it an advantage over rivals that offer subscriptions.

Polestar on Tuesday announced that it will sell a performance upgrade for dual-motor, long-range variants of the Polestar 2 electric car. The boost costs $1,195, with no subscription required to maintain this power bump. The results arrive via over-the-air download, so owners don't have to go to the dealership to have it applied.

Before the upgrade, this variant of Polestar 2 produces 408 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. The software boosts motor output by 68 hp and 15 lb-ft, to a net 476 hp and 502 lb-ft. This reduces the Polestar 2's 0-to-60 time from 4.5 seconds to 4.2. The upgrade focuses on delivering better midrange power, reducing the car's 50-to-75 time from 2.7 seconds to 2.2.

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Getting the upgrade is pretty darn easy, too. Owners of eligible vehicles can go to Polestar's online shop, enter their car's VIN and purchase the upgrade through a web browser. Since it's linked to a car's VIN, there's no chance Polestar will accidentally send the upgrade to some random in Tucumcari.

Polestar's one-time fee structure will likely go over better with owners than what one of its rivals is doing. Mercedes-Benz intends to offer an Acceleration Increase upgrade to owners of its EQE and EQS electric cars, which can drop 0-to-60 times by up to 1 second. However, at $1,200 per year, it's a pretty expensive proposition over the life of the vehicle. According to an Automotive News report, Mercedes will eventually offer the upgrade for a one-time fee, but that price has not yet been set, and it will likely cost more than the annual subscription price.

Andrew Krok Reviews Editor / Cars
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.

Article updated on December 6, 2022 at 7:00 AM PST

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