With 600-horsepower, the Volvo Polestar 1 Electric Hybrid is planned for release in 2019. However, it will be in a limited edition of 500 units per year.
This is Volvo's way of showing how performance and electrification will be working in the future. The Polestar 1 was first presented in Shanghai in October 2017 and announced to be released in mid-2019. The limited edition will be available to only a few countries, with China and the United States among the first ones to get the gas-electric Volvo coupe.
Besides representing the pioneer in Volvo's new line of production, the Polestar 1 is a step up in its process of reinventing itself and its technological base.
The 600-horsepower hybrid features a gasoline-hybrid powertrain. Two electric motors at the back produce 218 horsepower combined and an estimated 93 miles on a charge. The two-liter 4-cylinder engine in the front adds to the remaining power, which adds up the 600 hp.
The Polestar 1 is not only about the engines. It features a new Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension that allows the driver to change suspension from the inside to meet the different road conditions.
This vehicle is a coupe that uses the same platform as the 90-series car. According to Polestar officials, the vehicle only shares half of its parts with the other Volvo models. This new car makes considerable use of carbon fiber to reduce its weight and lower the center of gravity.
It is smaller than the S90 sedan, with tiny backseats and a smaller trunk. These two aspects make it look more like a sports car.
The Polestar 1 probably becomes more a Volvo when you look at the interior. The dashboard is very familiar to what would be in a new Volvo.
The Polestar 1 will also feature a phone-as-a-key feature, where the driver can open the car using a mobile application.