Earlier this yr, Polestar revealed one thing of a flight of fancy by taking the covers off an all-electric roadster with a convertible hard-top roof that appeared greater than a little bit sporty.
This idea, dubbed the O2 when it debuted in March, was fully believable, because it was coming from the sister model of Volvo that had shortly established popularity for delivering high quality EVs. Its accompanying built-in “cinematic drone,” nonetheless, which was to deploy from the rear to autonomously report your highway warrior expertise, was far much less believable.
At the time I stated that if Polestar ever made this drone I’d eat my driving gloves. Well, there’s good and dangerous information. The excellent news is that the corporate has introduced will probably be placing the O2 into manufacturing below the identify Polestar 6. The dangerous information is, as suspected, the drone will stay firmly grounded on the drafting board. Which additionally signifies that, fortunately, my driving gloves reside to journey one other day.
The Polestar 6 is slated to be delivered in 2026. When it arrives will probably be the corporate’s fourth new automotive in 5 years. Next yr will see the arrival of the coupe SUV Polestar 4, and the electrical four-door GT Polestar 5 will observe in 2024.
But seeing that Polestar is, as of right this moment, taking reservations for the 6—you’ll have to put down at least $25,000 to get on the record, then anticipate to pay the steadiness of round $200,000 for the ultimate automotive—some important specs have mercifully been given. It will characteristic the high-performance, 800-volt electrical structure already confirmed for Polestar 5, bringing it on par with Hyundai and Kia’s present fast-charging EV platform.
As a roadster you’ll rightly anticipate the 6 to be fast, and Polestar is claiming as much as 650 kW (equal to 884 horsepower) and 900 newton meters of torque from a dual-motor powertrain, in addition to a focused 0 to 62 mph dash time of three.2 seconds, then on to a high velocity of 155 mph. This is wanting Tesla’s endlessly delayed Roadster, with claimed specs of 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and 255-mph high velocity, however then once more you’ll get Polestar-Volvo construct high quality and a sporting probability of the automotive truly showing on its forecast supply date.