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872-HP Polestar 5 EV Is More Powerful Than a Porsche Taycan Turbo S

Polestar released new details about the upcoming 5 fastback as the EV made its prototype debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

A camouflaged Polestar 5 EV prototype in motion at Goodwood Festival of Speed
And if I only could...

A prototype of the upcoming Polestar 5 electric fastback made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed today, and the brand released new details about the car's powertrain. The 5 will have a chassis and electric motor setup that's unique to the Polestar brand, instead of sharing components with Volvo EVs like on current models.

The Polestar 5 will have an 800-volt architecture and a pair of electric motors developed by the brand's team in Sweden. While specific outputs for each motor haven't been given, Polestar says the 5 will make 872 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, which is a whole lot. In fact, that's 122 hp more than the Porsche Taycan Turbo S' output when using that car's launch-control system -- normally the Turbo S makes only 616 hp -- but the Porsche does have 110 lb-ft more maximum torque.

Make a deal with the Swedes...


That should make the Polestar 5 mighty quick both in terms of acceleration and charge times, though the power levels are the only specs we currently have. We do know the 5 is using a new bonded aluminum chassis created by Polestar's UK R&D arm, an architecture that is normally reserved for higher-end supercars and provides less weight and more rigidity. Polestar head of R&D Jörg Brandscheid says the 5 will be a 'truly stunning driver's car,' with Polestar's upcoming models aiming to go directly after Porsche in terms of dynamics.

And get them to let me drive this...


We've already seen teasers that show the Polestar 5 completely uncovered, and it looks almost identical the Precept concept that preceded it. But the photos of the prototype in motion at Goodwood give us a much better sense of the car's real-life proportions, as well as some new details. There's a charge port on the driver's side front fender, and this prototype has 21-inch wheels wearing what look like Michelin Pilot Sport 5 tires.

Over the next few days Polestar will run the 5 prototype up the hill at Goodwood twice daily, with the new Polestar 2 BST special edition also competing in the hill climb. The Polestar 5 will go on sale in 2024, with an official reveal likely to come at some point next year. Before that, the Polestar 3 SUV will go on sale this October as a competitor to the Porsche Cayenne, and a smaller Polestar 4 crossover will hit the roads in 2023.