- The Polestar 1 broke cover in October last year.
- The pre-production prototype of the hybrid coupe will make its first public run at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
- Two production-ready models will also be on display.
Polestar 1 will finally be seen in motion for the first time at its debut run at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed from 12-15 July. The hybrid coupe from the newly-found carmaker will also be showcased in the production-ready guise to the prospective buyers before first deliveries commence in mid-2019. The #004 prototype will be driven by Polestar chief test driver Joakim Rydholm.
The 1 is Polestar’s first standalone hybrid ‘super’ coupe after its departure from Volvo. It will form a halo for the Polestar brand and will be manufactured at the new Polestar Production Centre in China from next year. The two-door grand tourer coupe comes with an ‘Electric Performance Hybrid’ drivetrain and power figures of 592bhp and 1000Nm. The 1 is powered by two electric motors driving the rear wheels. The motors are coupled with a Volvo Drive-E 377bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine powering the front wheels. The electric car is supported by an internal combustion engine which claims a range of 150 kilometres on pure electric power.
Based on the same Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) as the Volvo S90, the 1 looks like a coupe version of the Swedish sedan. The cabin is also similar to the Volvo. There are many advanced systems in the 1 like the electronic Ohlin suspension, double electric rear axle with torque vectoring which can help it put a blistering lap time at the Goodwood track.
When the 1 goes on sale, it can be booked online with a two or three-year subscription plan. Close on the heels of the production of 1, Polestar promises an all-electric 2 which would be a mid-size BEV to rival the Tesla Model 3. And the 2 will be a volume product unlike the 1 which will have a yearly manufacturing of just 500 units. Polestar also disclosed its plans of introducing an SUV as a third product which will be called the 3. Volvo and its parent company, Zhejiang Geely Holding, have announced plans to invest 640 million Euros in the development of the Polestar brand.
Following the Goodwood debut, the 1 will make its appearance on the Stateside at the Monterey Car Week in California in August.