Polestar may need morphed into an all-electrified, sport-oriented offshoot of Volvo, however it hasn’t forgotten its racing roots. Firm boss Thomas Ingenlath previewed a extra hardcore variant of the Polestar 2 on his official Instagram account.
Posted in April 2021, the most recent of two photos is captioned with the enigmatic phrase “PS2BST 1(7).” What which means is anybody’s guess; somebody racing a Ford Focus ST-powered MG B in a PlayStation 2 recreation on January 7? In all probability not. PS2 may imply Polestar 2. B for battery? Particular Know-how? Most European nations write dates in a different way than America, so 1(7) may stand for July 1st, which is perhaps when the automotive will make its world debut.
Printed in March 2021, the primary picture offers us a significantly better take a look at the automotive and tells us with no ambiguity that it is an experiment. Combing by means of hashtags reveals we’re taking a look at a prototype geared up with an Öhlins suspension system and Akebono brake elements, although Ingenlath recognized Brembo in his follow-up submit. What’s sure is that the automotive depicted within the photos sits decrease than the usual 2, whose experience peak practically rivals a crossover’s, and it is geared up with 21-inch wheels that appear like those fitted to the Polestar 1, the corporate’s aptly-named first mannequin. These elements and styling cues lead us to take a position we’re taking a look at a faster, sharper model of the two (which is already fairly fast and sharp).
Ingenlath did not reveal what’s beneath the sheet metallic, however do not look forward to finding a V8 engine with a flat-plane crankshaft. Polestar’s mission is to make electrical vehicles, so even hybrids will fall out of its realm as soon as manufacturing of the 1 ends later in 2021. As of writing, the two’s solely obtainable powertrain consists of twin electrical motors that put 408 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque beneath the motive force’s proper foot. The agency can enhance these figures by putting in greater motors, or it may assign every rear wheel its personal motor (like within the 1) for faster acceleration.
Polestar will presumably launch extra particulars in regards to the puzzling 2 variant within the coming weeks. If it is headed to manufacturing, it may arrive in the USA later in 2021. If it isn’t, it would merely be a technique to take a look at parts for future fashions, just like the Principle concept-inspired sedan that shall be positioned on the high of the Polestar vary.