Prototypes of the 2019 Polestar 1 have entered production. Here’s everything you need to know about this high-speed hybrid coupe.
2019 Polestar 1 hybrid coupe
2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine and dual electric motors, altogether capable of 600hp
Price and release date
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2019 Polestar 1 price and release date
The 2019 Polestar 1 costs from £135,500. Sadly, the first 500 cars, which are due for delivery this year, are sold out. This means that, if you want to get your hands on one, you will have to wait for the next batch, likely to go on sale in 2020.
2019 Polestar 1 styling
Polestar is the performance-orientated subsidiary of Volvo, so the 2019 Polestar 1 maintains the cool, minimalist exterior design of its parent company’s cars. The front end is quintessentially Volvo, flaunting that large, rounded-rectangular grille and the same ‘Thor’s hammer’ (yes, that is what they’re called) daytime running lights that you would find on the latest Volvo S90 saloon and Volvo XC90 SUV. Furthermore, underneath, those pentagonal air vents look eerily similar to those on the Volvo V60.
The 2019 Polestar 1 is 4.5m long – about the same length as a Mercedes C-Class Coupe. It has the classic long-bonnet-and-short-rear proportions of a GT car, which is appropriate when you consider the Polestar’s vicious performance.
2019 Polestar 1 engine and performance
The 2019 Polestar 1 is a petrol-electric hybrid, powered by a front-mounted petrol engine and a pair of rear-mounted electric motors. By itself, the engine is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit, capable of putting out 380hp. Meanwhile, the electric motors produce 218hp and an uprated starter motor has also been fitted, providing a small dose of extra oomph. Altogether, this makes for a total output orbiting 600hp.
Even more insane is the 2019 Polestar 1’s pulling power: 1,000Nm. Because of this, you should expect lightning-fast acceleration and a 0-62mph time below four seconds, living up to the car’s marketing as an “electric performance hybrid”. This performance is also helped by the use of lightweight carbon fibre for the bodywork, saving over 200kg compared to if the car was built out of steel. That said, Polestar has yet to reveal the car’s official weight. All of that hybrid technology means that the 1 will have a fair amount of additional heaviness to overcome.
The 2019 Polestar 1 is able to be powered solely by its electric motors, cutting out the engine entirely. If you do opt for some all-electric driving, Polestar claims that the car has a range of up to 93 miles – impressive, considering that most hybrids on sale struggle to go further than 30 miles.
2019 Polestar 1 specs
Under the skin, the 2019 Polestar 1 has active suspension that you can configure into different driving modes. Failing that, you can let the car just choose the best setting by itself instead. Polestar claims that the 1’s suspension can adjust to different roads and terrains in under two milliseconds.
2019 Polestar 1 interior
While the exterior of the 2019 Polestar 1 has a number of similarities to Volvo design choices, the interior… is exactly the same, actually. Its cabin has the styling of a compressed Volvo S90 – however, this is certainly not a bad thing. After all, Volvos are renowned for their minimalist and well-made interiors. The layout of the Polestar’s dashboard is simplistic, to say the least, centred around a portrait infotainment screen, with only a select handful of physical buttons.
As a 2+2 coupe, the front seats of the 2019 Polestar 1 promise that you will have no complaints when it comes to space, while the rear bench should be enough to take two children. Behind them, the boot should be able to fit a couple of larger suitcases.
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