Polestar, Volvo’s sports brand, currently has two models in its portfolio: the radical Polestar 1, a plug-in hybrid coupe built with exotic materials such as carbon fiber, and the more mundane Polestar 2, an electric saloon that has become the international spearhead of the Swedish company.
Given that the very limited production of the Polestar 1 will end this year, in practice we could consider the Polestar 2 as the only member of the manufacturer’s range. Between 2022 and 2024, the firm plans to launch three more models (the Polestar 3 and Polestar 4 SUVs, scheduled for 2022 and 2023 respectively, and the Polestar 5 executive saloon, which will be launched in 2024).
However, until its arrival, the Polestar 2 will continue to be in charge of defending the company’s colors alone against rivals such as the recently launched BMW i4 or the popular Tesla Model 3, which is why the company does not cease in its efforts to constantly polish the model through updates and the addition of new versions.
The Polestar 2 is currently available in three variants: Standard Range Single Motor (224 hp, front-wheel drive, 64 kWh battery), Long Range Single Motor (231 hp, front-wheel drive, 78 kWh battery), and Long Range Dual Motor ( 408 hp, all-wheel drive, 78 kWh battery), which respectively homologate 420 km WLTP, 515 km WLTP and 471 km WLTP.
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The top-of-the-range model has to compete against the BMW i4 M50 and Tesla Model 3 Performance, two sports saloons that significantly surpass it in terms of power (the Bavarian yields 544 CV and the American 513 CV). However, Polestar has not stood idly by and has released a software update via OTA that “fixes” this situation.
Thus, Polestar has increased the power of the Long Range Dual Motor model to 476 hp (350 kW), an increase of no less than 68 hp (50 kW). The torque has also improved by 20 Nm, in this case reaching 680 Nm. How could it be otherwise, this improves the performance of the vehicle, which lowers its 0 to 100 km / h at just 4.4 seconds.
On the other hand, accelerating from 80 to 120 km / h now only takes you 2.2 seconds. According to company officials, the additional power and torque are available between 70 and 130 km / has a “boost.” Although Polestar still does not operate in Spain, it has been confirmed that next year the brand will disembark in our country with the Polestar 2.