Electric performance brand Polestar's first model, the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid, is ready for production. But it may not be everyone's cup of tea.
With two electric motors at the rear axle and a gasoline hybrid system powering the front wheels, the Polestar 1 is good for 619 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of total torque. Mmm!
The hybrid is nearly a stroke-for-stroke recreation of the gorgeous Volvo Concept Coupe and wears the retro muscle proportions well.
The Polestar 1's paint -- available with an optional matte clear coat -- hides the coupe's near-complete carbon fiber chassis, which saves about 500 pounds versus steel construction.
The hybrid is still a hefty boi, tipping the scales at over 5,100 pounds.
With a sport-tuned suspension, plenty of grip and tons of torque on tap, the hybrid hides its heft well once it hits the road.
Plugging in and charging its 32-kilowatt-hour battery pack unlocks up to 70 pure rear-driven electric miles (on the European WLTP cycle) or, in Power mode, the full potential 738 all-wheel driven pound-feet.
Our example attracted a lot of attention during the day's drive. The performance hybrid will face stiff competition in a strong class of battery electric vehicles in its lofty price range, however.
At $155,000, the Polestar 1 comes with some serious sticker shock. The price is justifiable considering the hybrid hardware and hand-assembled carbon fiber construction, but will buyers see it that way when cross-shopping the Porsche Taycan?