With a debut in production guise for the Polestar 1 – Volvo’s electric performance arm’s first outing – due in 2019, Polestar are honing its driver experience offering.
It’s more than a year since the Polestar 1 was revealed, and it’s still probably six months away from actually going in to production, so it’s important for Polestar to keep releasing more dribbles of information to keep the ‘1’ in the headlines.
This time round we get the revelation that Polestar are playing with their Volvo S90 Coupe lookalike (although it’s very different to what an S90 Coupe would be in terms of construction and powertrain) to make sure it’s the perfect GT with the right driver experience.
The Polestar 1 has already done the crash tests, aerodynamic evaluations and on-road testing, but Polestar want to make sure chassis dynamics and driver experience are just right too. So steering responsiveness and torque vectoring calibration are priorities in the latest round of tests.
Polestar test driver Joakim Rydholm said:
Whenever you drive Polestar 1, you should immediately feel like you are in control and that the car is ready to respond to your input, no matter what you want to do. This is a GT that needs to be easy to drive and comfortable in everyday use with its smooth and quiet hybrid drivetrain – but also ready to deliver its thrilling 600 hp and 1,000 Nm performance whenever the driver wants it.
The Polestar 1 still sounds hugely appealing with its 591bhp, long-range plug-in hybrid powertrain, but at £135,000 – and only in LHD – it’s got big competition to come from cars like the Porsche Taycan, which costs less and probably promises more.