Polestar 1: World's first drive in this futuristic hybrid coupe
Exclusive first drive review and road test of the Polestar 1 hybrid coupe. Polestar is meant to be an electric car company, pointing toward the future of performance, and yet the majority of Polestar 1’s power comes from a more traditional source. It’s a 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine that’s both turbocharged and supercharged to put down 326 horsepower, then augmented by a 68-horsepower electric motor.
The rest of the car’s power, and much of the Polestar 1’s magic, lies at the rear axle. There, two more electric motors provide a combined 226 hp. Paired with a 34-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the Polestar 1 will offer up to 150 kilometers of all-electric driving on the NEDC cycle. Read the full review: https://roadshow.co/GzHPx9
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The combined 626 horsepower helps the car sprint to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds, which is impressive for a car this heavy, but not world-conquering. That split between the rear motors allows torque vectoring, sending more power to one wheel or the other in the goal of making this big coupe handle like something far smaller. Goal achieved? That you can only tell from the driver’s seat.
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