Polestar has been pushing the boundaries of how nicely designed an EV can get. Their Polestar 2 model, which is based off of the Volvo XC-40 Recharge, is a beautifully made dual motor electric sedan.
With a starting price of $59,000, it is barely more expensive than the Performance Model 3 from Tesla. While it does reach 62 mph in 4.7 seconds, which is 1.2 seconds slower than the Tesla, it does so in style.
In a recent Youtube video from Automann-TV, we get to see how well it reaches top speed on the German Autobahn. Considering it has 402 horspower, and 487 lb-ft of torque, it shouldn’t be too shabby at hitting its 130 mph limit.
As expected, the Polestar impresses. Of course it isn’t as fast as the most spec’d up Tesla, but it isn’t far behind. In fact, Fully Charged recently posted a review of the Polestar 2 with some remarkable things to say about it.
One can’t help but think that there will be plenty of people who don’t mind the last few percent of performance and range figures, but instead prefer the Polestar 2’s good looks.
Speaking of range, the Polestar 2 has a reported 275 miles of range, from a 78 kWh battery. Since the battery pack has been fitted to a drivetrain configuration from an ICE design, like the XC-40 Recharge, it’s surprising that much could be crammed in.
It’s only a matter of time before Polestar make an even more capable car than the 2. Of course I have my bias, but it’s exciting to see someone coming in behind Tesla’s heels.