The Polestar 1 – a fast hybrid coupe from Volvo’s performance sub-brand – will go on sale soon. Keep reading for the car’s price, specs and release date
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- 2019 Polestar 1 nears production
- Specs include 600hp
- 90-mile range
- Priced from £135,000
- On sale mid 2019
Polestar has begun production of its petrol-electric hybrid, carbon-bodied Polestar 1. Keep reading for the car’s price, specs and release date
2019 Polestar 1 price and release date
The Polestar 1 will have a starting price of around £135,000, although the first 500 cars, due for delivery in 2019, have already sold out. That means you’ll have to wait for the next batch of 500 cars to be built – they’ll go on sale in 2020.
2019 Polestar 1 styling
The Polestar 1 has an effortlessly cool look with the front resembling a Volvo S90 but with huge air vents and a blacked-out grille that hint at the extra performance.
The side profile of the Polestar 1 gets the classic long-bonnet, short-rear-end sports car look. At 4.5m long, the Polestar 1 is about the same length as a Mercedes C-Class Coupe.
The back of the Polestar 1, meanwhile, is dominated by large brake lights with pretty LEDs. There are no crazy spoilers or gaping diffusers but you still get a pair of realistic-looking exhaust pipes.
2019 Polestar 1 engine and driving
The Polestar 1 is a petrol-electric hybrid with a 2.0-litre petrol engine borrowed from the current Volvo range that’s boosted to 380hp. The petrol motor powers the front wheels while, at the back, two electric motors produce 218hp combined to power the rear wheels – giving you around 600 real-world horsepower in total. More impressive is the 1,000Nm torque figure which is slightly more than what the top-spec Tesla Model S P100D has.
That should take care of the car’s straightline performance, but to make sure it also handles as good as it looks, the Polestar 1 has a lightweight carbon-fibre body, while the petrol-electric powertrain means the car also has quick-acting four-wheel drive.
Perhaps most impressive of all is the fact that it will be possible to drive the Polestar 1 in pure electric mode for up to 90 miles.
2019 Polestar 1 interior
With the Polestar 1, Polestar has gone for a familiar interior design so just about all the interior will be familiar to anyone who has driven a modern Volvo.
That’s no bad thing because latest Volvo models have minimalistic, well-made cabins that are amongst the best currently available. So expect a similar portrait-style infotainment system, lots of clear lines and a minimal amount of buttons.
As for passenger space, you can expect the Polestar 1 to have plenty of room up front and you’ll likely be able to squeeze a couple of kids in the back. The boot, meanwhile, should be big enough for a couple of suitcases.
Bookmark this page to read a review of the Polestar 1 when we have it.