Highly anticipated Polestar 1 caught during testing

Russell Campbell
February 08, 2019

The 600hp Polestar 1 is one of the most anticipated new cars of 2019 and we’ve spotted it out on test. Keep reading for all the latest info.

The Polestar 1 might resemble a coupe built by Volvo – who owns Polestar – but its familiar lines are more exotic than they might first appear not least because the entire body is made from carbon fibre.

The car pictured was caught undergoing winter testing on a frozen lake in Sweden the kind of slippy conditions that are ideal for testing a car’s stability and autonomous driving aids – let’s face it, if it won’t crash on ice then you should be all good on Tarmac. The cold weather will provide Polestar valuable insights into the car’s battery and its ability to serve up the Polestar 1’s claimed 90-mile electric range in battery-sapping freezing temperatures.

We have known about the Polestar 1 since 2013, when it was shown at the Geneva motor show, and it is clear that not a lot has changed visually. While the black (potentially bare carbon) finish and wrap might make it look a little like a Ford Mustang, the finished car will get Volvo’s distinctive chrome grille and Thor’s hammer LED headlights. While the car’s muscular body will be emphasised by a crease that runs from the front to the back of the car, being at its most pronounced at the car’s hips above the back wheels. That crease droops down to a pair of C-shaped LED rear lights that’ll make the Polestar 1 easy to spot even at night.

You can expect to see the Polestar 1 – again – at this year’s Geneva motor show where the company will be taking £1,900 deposits if you want to be one of the first people to get your hands on the keys. And, if you can afford the £135,000 asking price, why wouldn’t you? It’ll be one of only 500 examples available up to 2020, with a 0-62mph time of under four seconds.

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