Tuesday, January 31, 2023
News Polestar 2: 68 hp and 15 lb-ft for less than $2,000

Polestar 2: 68 hp and 15 lb-ft for less than $2,000

  • It’s a simple over-the-air (OTA) update.

  • The sprint to 100 km/h is done in 4.42 seconds.

  • The real gain is in the acceleration.


 

Polestar customers received their first Christmas present this week, which comes in the form of a remote update that adds a dose of performance to the Long range Dual motor. The small electric manufacturer has just made available an update that improves the performance of this specific model of the compact sedan.

For $1,195 (in US dollars) or $1,595 (in CDN dollars), consumers get an additional 68 horsepower and 15 lb-ft of torque, without even having to go to one of the brand’s service outlets. That’s the beauty of over the air (OTA) upgrades!

With this minor mechanical adjustment, the Polestar 2’s horsepower is up to 476 hp and its maximum torque is 502 lb-ft. The gains are also reflected in the “updated” acceleration times. The 0-100 km/h time has been lowered to 4.42 seconds, although the real gain is in the car’s acceleration, according to the manufacturer. Between 70 and 130 km/h, acceleration is “fast and smooth at mid-range” according to Polestar. Between 80 and 120 km/h, acceleration takes only 2.2 seconds, which is half a second less than the time required by a dual-engine Polestar 2 before the upgrade.

Our review of the Polestar 2 Single Motor.

It should be noted, however, that it was possible to achieve these power and torque figures before, but to do so you had to select the Performance Package option, which, remember, also adds 20-inch alloy wheels, sharper brakes courtesy of Brembo, gold seatbelts and Ӧhlins shocks with 22 different settings.

This new OTA update focuses solely on the performance of the two electric motors.

“This upgrade highlights how connected technologies can transform the relationship an automaker has with its customers. […] The driving experience of Polestar 2 is something we are really proud of. It’s already such a fun car to drive, but with this upgrade, we can offer even more to our customers who might be looking for a little more excitement,” said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar.

It will be interesting to see how popular this update will be with Polestar’s customer base. For less than $2,000, it’s a reasonable price to gain power, though the Performance Package is more relevant, especially with the oversized shocks and brakes.

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