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Polestar One teaser reveals its Volvo Concept Coupe inspiration

17 October 2017

A two-door, four seat GT, powered by a hybrid drivetrain based around Volvo's four-cylinder Drive-E engine.

Named Polestar 1, the auto will be able to travel 93 miles on electric power alone, giving it what is claimed to be the longest range of any battery-powered vehicle.

"Polestar also recognises that its customers can't always plan their future motoring requirements".

The Polestar 1's combined output of 600 horsepower and 737 lb-ft should be enough to do the job on its own, but it also promises physics-bending cornering speeds.

Despite all the buzz surrounding the Polestar 1, the brand is already talking about the future.

The vehicle will be built at the Polestar Production Centre, now being constructed in Chengdu, China.

Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar said; "Polestar 1 is the first vehicle to carry the Polestar on the bonnet".

The Polestar 1 will be available for pre-order later this month, but no pricing details were released. This drive mode transforms the vehicle into a rear-wheel drive, earth loving grand tourer, propelled by an all new, 218 HP double electric motor system. Volvo says about half of SPA is unique to the new auto, including the new Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi).

For example, the auto uses a brand new Ohlin continuously controlled electronic suspension system. The technology will help driver to change suspension settings for better ride or handling, depending on conditions.

Braking duties are carried out by Akebono-produced six-piston brake calipers with 400mm discs. Six years on, Polestar 1s should enter the used vehicle market, with Volvo having addressed both battery life and resale value concerns right when they may have mattered. "Polestar 3 will come a year later".

Furthermore, a carbon fibre body not only lowers the car's centre of gravity, but provides extra stiffness and a double electric rear axle allows the exact amount of power needed can be sent to each wheel for maximum grip.

The Polestar 1 will be followed in short order by two more models, to be named as (wait for it...) the Polestar 2 and Polestar 3.

Polestar is also shifting its buying experience online, with test drives, subscription offers and on demand services able to be ordered online.

This means customers won't have to worry about depreciation, insurance and maintenance. From end to end, the entire Polestar process is digital-or at least it can be. Polestar Spaces will be kept separate from Volvo showrooms, with the opening of the first Space planned for the first quarter of 2019. Polestar plans to build no more than 500 cars per year.

To keep costs down, Polestar still uses the parent company's components and the Volvo Scalable Platform Architecture, though the brand says about half of the parts are all-new and were designed by Polestar engineers.

Customers will also be able to have extended use of larger Volvo cars for use at home and while away, along with being able to book a vehicle wash and valet at a convenient time.

Polestar One teaser reveals its Volvo Concept Coupe inspiration