Polestar, which has been playing the role of Volvo’s court tuner for years, has for the first time “charged” its own model – the electric liftback 2. The fledgling automaker has released a software update that increases the output of the twin-engine power plant by 50 kilowatts (68 hp) and 20 Nm – up to 350 kilowatts (476 hp) and 680 Nm.
Additional power and torque are available for a short time in the range of 70 to 130 km / h for more dynamic acceleration. As a result, the electric car gains the first hundred in 4.4 seconds – 0.3 seconds faster than the 408-horsepower Polestar 2. The acceleration time from 80 to 120 km / h was reduced by half a second – to 2.2 seconds.
The update is available for download for owners in the UK, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Germany and Austria. It costs about 1 thousand euros. For understanding, the Polestar 2 itself in the Long Range Dual Motor performance with a power reserve of 455-482 km according to the WLTP cycle costs from 48 400 euros in Germany.
Over 400 clients have already used the new service. It will also be offered in the US and Canada next spring. The company expects paid over-the-air software upgrades to strengthen its financial position ahead of the merger with Gores Guggenheim to go public.
By the way, the 476-horsepower Polestar debuted in the form of a prototype in the summer, and, in addition to the increase in power, that car received a seriously modified chassis with an extended track and reduced ground clearance, as well as other bumpers. It can be assumed that over time, something similar will be launched into mass production. At the same time, the company is now also preparing to expand the model range: the Polestar 3 and 4 crossovers and the Polestar 5 sedan are on the way.