Polestar confirmed prices for its first standalone model – the Polestar 1 – at the 2018 Beijing motor Show. The high-performance coupe is being built at a new facility in China, and while it will be available in the UK as well as China, north america and seven other countries accross Europe, it will only come in left-hand drive. bought outright, the Polestar 1 will be priced from €155,000 (£135,500), though it will be offered through a subscription service too.
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Along with the production-ready coupe, Polestar has two further, all-electric products confirmed and in the pipeline: a Polestar 2 saloon to rival the Tesla model 3 that we’ll see at the 2019 Geneva motor Show, and a larger Polestar 3 coupe SUV. The ‘2’ and ‘3’ will be pure EVs too with Jonathan Goodman, Polestar’s chief operating officer, saying; “The only hybrid Polestar you’ll ever see is this one, every automobile that comes after will be a pure EV.”
The Polestar 1 is being touted as an “Electric performance Hybrid”, and will make use of a 338bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine sending drive to the front wheels. A starter motor generator will inject a further 39bhp, and electric motors will send 215bhp to the rear axle. That means total power reaches 592bhp, with torque hitting 1,000Nm. The Polestar 1 will be capable of 0-60mph in under 4 seconds.
Polestar claims that the automobile can run on the rear electric motor and integrated starter motor only, and this provides a claimed all-electric range of 93 miles.