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Polestar 1 is a 600-hp electrified GT from Volvo's performance arm

Volvo's high-performance division gets serious with its first standalone model, a carbon-bodied, plug-in hybrid super coupe.

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The 2+2 Polestar 1 features a plug-in hybrid powertrain good for 600 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque.

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Volvo claims the carbon-fiber-bodied Polestar 1's 34-kWh battery pack is good for 150 kilometers (93 miles) of range. That's significantly longer than any other plug-in hybrid vehicle on the market today.

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The Polestar 1 will begin production in mid-2019 at a new Polestar production center in Chengdu, China.

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The Polestar 1 is built on Volvo's Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), although 50% of it is unique to this model.

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The cabin reveals plenty of bits and bobs sourced from Volvo's parts bin, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. 

Supportive seats with unusual detailing and yellow seatbelts are a highlight.

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Will there be room back there for two adults?

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The Polestar 1 looks particularly sinister in this inky black, hard-to-photograph paint.

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Polestar says it's planning to fully embrace online ordering and a subscription-based business model. It will also let you use your phone as a key, enabling sharing via virtual key.

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Volvo's trademark "Thor's Hammer" headlamps will evidently feature on Polestar-branded models, too.

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Spokes of varying thickness give the Polestar 1's large wheels a sense of motion even when standing still.

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There's a tiny hint of Volvo 1800 in the rear three-quarter view.

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E-shaped taillamps also seem heavily influenced by Volvo's styling language.

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The Polestar 1's clean Scandinavian lines can't hide the design's massive width.

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Outside of its unusual width and serious footwear, you could be forgiven for initially presuming the Polestar 1 is little more than a coupe version of Volvo's S90.

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Polestar says that all future models will have fully electric powertrains, making the Polestar 1 effectively the first and last of its kind.

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Just 500 Polestar 1 coupe are planned for production yearly.

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The plan view seems to show a retractable rear spoiler or wing.

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