Polestar’s experimental, high-performance one-off for the 2021 Goodwood Pageant of Velocity — nicknamed “Beast” — goes into restricted manufacturing.
The Swedish EV maker introduced plans to make and promote 270 items of the 476-horsepower fastback sedans, with 47 of these autos supposed for the US market. The Polestar 2 “BST version 270,” named for the variety of autos that shall be constructed, shall be obtainable solely in Europe, China, and North America.
The modified Polestar 2 includes a dual-motor configuration that’s been tuned to pump out 476 horsepower, in comparison with 408 horsepower within the manufacturing model. The car’s stance has additionally been widened by 10 millimeters on each side, and the experience top was lowered by 2mm to enhance its monitor dealing with.
It’s even carried over just a few options from Polestar’s first car, the defunct plug-in hybrid Polestar 1, together with 9 x 21 inch wheels and 275/30R21 Pirelli PZero Rosso efficiency tires. However, whereas the Goodwood model featured 6-piston Akebono entrance brakes, this model will embody the usual 4-piston Brembo brakes.
Different add-ons embody specifically developed and distinctive Öhlins 2-way adjustable dampers with auxiliary adjustment chambers mounted underneath the bonnet for improved traction and responsiveness. There’s additionally a entrance strut bar for elevated rigidity and 20 % stiffer springs.
The obtainable exterior colours are Thunder or Snow (which sound like completely different shades of white, however what do we all know). You possibly can even request a middle matte black racing stripe should you actually wish to go for the total expertise.
The Polestar 2 BST version 270 will begin manufacturing in mid-2022, with deliveries deliberate for the fourth quarter of the yr. patrons can be a part of the ready checklist at Polestar’s web site, and the fortunate few who get picked will undergo a “customized gross sales course of.”
Polestar, which began out because the efficiency sub-brand of Volvo, has emerged as one of many extra fascinating EV corporations in the marketplace lately. The corporate — which is collectively owned by Volvo and Volvo’s father or mother firm, Geely — just lately introduced plans to go public by merging with a particular objective acquisition firm, or SPAC. That merger is anticipated to shut “within the first half of 2022,” after which Polestar shall be a publicly traded firm.
Polestar has solely launched two autos thus far: the $155,000 hybrid coupe Polestar 1 and the Polestar 2 fastback sedan. That lineup will develop with the discharge of the Polestar 3 SUV in 2022, the Polestar 4 compact SUV in 2023, and the Polestar 5 (née Principle) sports activities sedan in 2024. The corporate additionally unveiled a glossy roadster idea referred to as the Polestar O2.