Polestar is redefining both design and performance standards as one of the top emerging electric vehicle and hybrid manufacturers. Now they are stunning us with two glorious models: The Polestar 1 and 2.
Making their move into the U.S. market, the Swedish-founded Polestar is an independent electric performance car brand originally by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding that enjoys both the specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars while gaining their significant economies of scale as a result. Who could argue that as a downfall? Having originally launched in 2017 with the Polestar 1 – a low-volume impeccably styled Electric Performance Hybrid GT with 619 horsepower and an electric-only range of 70 miles (the longest of any hybrid car in the world) it was time for their team to design something fully electric – enter Polestar 2.
During a curated tour, Polestar made its first entrance into The Hamptons during a series of drive events with their East Coast partner, Manhattan Motor Cars, showcasing both the 1 and 2. Officially, Polestar Manhattan and team were onsight at the exclusive, invite-only experience held at the notable Baker House 1650 in East Hampton. A limited group of attendees was allowed to get behind the wheel of Polestar 2 and were introduced to the brand’s edgy style, sustainability and performance.
Manhattan Motor Cars, one of three first retail partners for Polestar in the U.S., brought four Polestar vehicles as part of this exciting weekend event. Gregor Hembrough, head of Polestar USA, both greeted guests and provided product knowledge alongside Marketing Manager Christopher Schultz. Robert Marchhart, director of marketing for the Manhattan Motor Cars family, and his team safely executed the driving experience that wound through the beautiful Hamptons’ winter scenery and coastline. This tour, which was produced by The MJS Groupe and was held over a two-day activation, featured a luxurious catered luncheon, homemade seasonal bakery favorites, bubbles (post-drive, of course) by Champagne A L’EST and also showcased Drive Coffee, which is inspired by the world of motorsports and racing.
The tour’s focus was to show off the ease and ability found in the Polestar 2, especially being that of the all-electric build. The Polestar 2 is a powerhouse, which is derived from its two electric motors, one in front and another located in its rear, providing the gripping, all-wheel-drive guests experienced. Each engine produces 201 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque, for a total output of 402 horsepower and 487 pound-ft of torque.
Quite impressively, you’re able to zip from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds, not that we will admit anyone was shooting through The Hamptons at those speeds. The test drive vehicles also featured the Performance package, which included the 20-inch wheels, stiffer suspension components as well as adjustable Öhlins dampers, and upgraded Brembo front brakes. This combination contributed to the 2's 0.90g of cornering grip and 157-foot stopping distance from 70 mph. Polestar also provides three regenerative braking levels, with the strongest capable bring the car to a complete stop without touching the brake. The fully electrified 2 accommodates a 78.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack under the floor. The electrical system supports fast-charging up to 150 kilowatts, with Polestar stating a fully discharged battery up to 80 percent in 40 minutes, which is quite quick.
The 2's interior artfully merges woods, fabric and textures in a simple yet artful way. It looks modern, with clean lines, a spartan color palette and minimal switchgear. Polestar also provides options for the interior, including eco-friendly vegan fabric and leather. For a real treat and a great place to keep your small packages, use the storage in the frunk (front trunk) since you no longer need that bulky engine.
We were told after speaking with Hembrough that the future of Polestar will be held with the 3. The addition to the brand’s portfolio will be a fully electric performance SUV and one that is excitingly anticipated.
Photo Credit to: Ugur Dursun @shotbyud