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2021 Polestar 1 Is One Helluva Appetizer

As production on this potent plug-in draws to a close, we reflect on why it was such an interesting car in the first place.

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Before Polestar came out with its first full-on EV, the Polestar 2, the fledgling automaker wanted to make a splash and get people talking.

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To do that, they made the Polestar 1, a stunning plug-in hybrid super coupe.

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Now, as production draws to a close, it's time to take one last ride in a car that feels far greater than the sum of its parts.

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Sure, the headlights and taillights are cribbed right from Polestar's Swedish daddy, but everything between them is fresh as all get-out.

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This coupe is long, low and wide, truly stunning proportions that stand out in an ever-growing sea of SUVs.

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It's not a busy design, either; aside from a few major creases to emphasize its strength, the carbon fiber body panels are free of unnecessary styling cues. 

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Under the hood is a 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged inline-4 gas engine.

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It mates to an integrated starter-generator and an eight-speed automatic transmission, sending 326 horsepower and 321 pound-feet of torque to the front axle exclusively. 

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The back half of the equation is a pair of 85-kilowatt motors that send 232 hp and 354 lb-ft to the rear tires.

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Put it all together, and you've got a meaty 619 hp and 738 lb-ft, enough to shove this flat-white rocket to 60 mph in under 4 seconds. 

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