Volvo's Polestar reveals hybrid Porsche rival

Polestar, Volvo's high-performance brand, has unveiled its first auto, named as Polestar 1. A 2-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder engine drives the front wheels, and electric motors power the rear wheels.

Its range of 150km on electric power alone gives it the longest-running electric range of any hybrid auto on the market, according to Volvo. The electric auto would be ably supported by an internal combustion engine with maximum power output of 600bhp and peak torque performance of 1000Nm, which would firmly place it in the performance vehicle segment.

Earlier this year, Volvo confirmed Polestar as its standalone electrification-tasked division and today it reaps the first fruit: meet the all-electric, 600 hp Polestar 1 GT.

With the creation of Polestar as a standalone brand - it has been linked with Volvo motor racing and performance cars for more than 20 years - the company is also pioneering a new way of auto ownership where its vehicles will be ordered 100 per cent online and offered on a two or three year subscription basis.

"Being part of the Volvo Car Group enables Polestar to design, develop and engineer our cars using the processes of a well-established car company but at the same time, enables us to experiment with new technology in lower volume cars outside the mainstream segments". Close behind will be the smaller, fully electric Polestar 2, that would compete more directly with the Tesla 3, and an SUV Polestar 3.

Intrigued? Polestar expects to start taking "expressions of interest" from customers on October 17, 2017. A handsome GT with awesome technology packed into it - a great start for our new Polestar brand.

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To that end the 1 is also the first auto to ever be equipped with Ohlins' new Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension. That will include hybrids, plug-ins and pure battery-electric vehicles, with conventional hybrids making up the bulk of its sales, Rex Kerssemakers now the head of Volvo's European operations, told TheDetroitBureau.com. And if you're seriously up to date on your Volvo knowledge, you'll be aware that Volvo and its parent company Geely just pumped €640 million into Polestar to make it an innovative, electric performance brand.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath noted Tuesday that all future cars from Polestar will be fully electric.

Finally, the Polestar 1 will be made in a new, under-construction Polestar Production Center in Chengdu, China, so the auto should be available sometime after the facility is finished in mid-2018. Now Polestar has released the last piece of the puzzle, which reveals the rear of the Polestar 1, which is going to debut tomorrow.

Polestar plans to build 500 coupes a year.

As with the Passport scheme, all features from initial test drives to the on-demand services, can be ordered online on through the Polestar app, with no need to ever set foot in a "Space".


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