Polestar, the electric vehicle manufacturer owned by Volvo, which in turn is owned by Geely, is utilizing its performance heritage by launching the Polestar 2 BST Edition 270. Touted as the next level electric vehicle (EV) for the enthusiast crowd, the model is an extension of a one-off that the company presented last year.
Polestar announces that it will bring up to 47 copies to the American market.
“We had a great reaction to the specially modified Polestar 2 which we showed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2021 and the response made that clear – we should make a version like this for production,” said said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath in a press release.
Although the car retains its original shape, the improvements made to the chassis aim to provide a more dynamic driving experience. The ride height was lowered by about an inch, Öhlins bi-directional adjustable shock absorbers with auxiliary adjustment chambers were fitted in the corners and a front strut bar was added. The springs have been reinforced by 20%.
The new 21-inch matt black alloy wheels support Pirelli P Zero 245/35R21 wheels, which have been specially designed for the BST edition.
For paint, Snow (white) or Thunder (grey) is available in metallic or matte. A matte center racing stripe is also offered.
All Polestar BST editions are long-range twin-motor variants, which get 476 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque in this application. They typically deliver 408 horsepower and 478 foot-pounds. A software update is responsible for the improved response and power.
The EV Special Edition comes with the company’s Plus Pack with a heated steering wheel, Harman Kardon audio system wireless phone charger and more for increased driver comfort and the Pilot Pack, which adds a suite of driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control and 360- degree cameras.
Production of the 270 models is expected to start in mid-2022. Deliveries are expected to begin in the fourth quarter.
The 270 edition of the Polestar 2 BST starts at $75,500. A 3M Battleship Gray wrap costs an extra $5,000. The optional band is $1,000. Comparatively, a standard two-motor version starts at $53,300.
The Polestar 2 competes with other four- and five-seater electric vehicles like the Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Tesla Model 3 and Ford Mustang Mach-E.
The 270 BST edition will go on sale in the fourth quarter, buyers can register their interest on the website, and the Polestar 3 SUV is expected to debut before the end of the year. The company is expected to go public before the second half of the year.