Polestar 1 exclusivity was in its element on a high-speed cruise in the Hamptons


The Polestar 1 sports magnificent styling derived from a concept coupe and Volvo’s classic 1800.

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The Polestar 1, a gorgeous and highly exclusive plug-in hybrid (PHEV) coupe with styling that began as the Volvo Concept Coupe, debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013. It would still be a PHEV, but the technology was much more limited at the time. Volvo was talking about 395 horsepower, but the production Polestar version can claim 626.

The public may be confused as to what exactly Polestar is, but it is an electric performance company jointly owned by Volvo and Geely Car Groups. He is considered to be the new technological leader of companies. There are a lot of Volvos in the Polestar 1 (and the all-electric Polestar 2), but also a lot of distinct brand identifiers.

The US $ 155,000 Polestar 1 (plus the US $ 1,500 destination) debuted in 2019 as a 2020 model, and production of around 500 per year comes to an end at the end of this year. There would never be more than 1,500 Polestar 1s in the world. It is an expensive car to produce, with a carbon fiber body structure bonded to a steel frame.

The $ 160,000 special edition wears matte gold paint, with the color echoing in the brake calipers and stitching.

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It’s also a bit out of step with Polestar’s intentions as an all-electric brand. Everything in the future will be powered only by batteries. The Polestar 1, instead, features a two-liter, 16-valve, turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder, producing 326 horsepower, mated to a pair of electric motors offering 232 combined horsepower and a built-in 68 horsepower starter generator. The transmission is an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The car is rated at the equivalent of 105 miles per gallon by the EPA.

It’s a shame the Polestar 1 remains such a rare commodity, as it has lines that turn heads and are straight from all angles. The Concept Coupé was inspired by the Volvo sports car from 1961 to 1972 1800, itself possibly the most attractive Volvo of all time. Marking the end of the course, a special edition of 25 in matte gold paint, with brake calipers and similar interior stitching. Expect to pay US $ 160,000 for the special edition.

Polestar wanted to get reporters behind the wheel of the Polestar 1 before the curtain fell, and offered test cars for a long-distance drive to East Hampton, Long Island, and a stay at the centuries-old Baker House 1650. . involved a trip from Connecticut through Long Island Sound in the ferry, where he won a “Nice Polestar!” an employee who supervised the loading of vehicles.

On the roads of Long Island, fortunately little used in low season, it was possible to revel in the power of overtaking of the Polestar. With a 34-kilowatt-hour battery, it has 52 miles of all-electric range (470 miles total), but isn’t much noisier with the gasoline engine running. Instead of a crushing exhaust, there was train-like pulling power (as revealed by the torque of 745 pound-feet) at any speed.

Zero to 60 is reached in just four seconds, with a top speed of 155. There are five driving modes, including Hybrid (which uses both electric and combustion motors), Pure (remaining electric), Constant AWD (maintaining all wheels in Power mode), Power (for maximum performance) and Individual (allowing customization).

The interior contrasts Nappa leather and carbon fiber trim with an old fashioned handcrafted crystal shifter.

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Despite very limited production and probably hand assembly, the Polestar 1 featured very good build quality with no rattling or squeaking. Visibility all around is excellent, much better than most supercars. This is useful for recording all other drivers gesturing and offering thumbs-up encouragement. It’s not a light weight at 5,165 pounds, but the carbon fiber body keeps it from cracking scales.

The interior of this “2 + 2” is designed for long distance cruises for both driver and passenger, with comfortable heated Nappa leather sport seats, a 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, nine center inch equipped with 3-D touchscreen, dual-zone air conditioning (including carbon-based air filtration) with easy-to-use controls, and — the main dish– a handcrafted crystal gearshift lever for the eight-speed transmission from Swedish glass company Orrefors.

Yes, the car has a back seat, but the legroom is virtually nonexistent. The rear seat is useful for luggage, as the trunk, despite having a very cold window in the high-voltage compartment, is space-saving (only 4.4 cubic feet). And a third of it is filled with the charging cable, in a leather bag. Light pack!

Given its movie star appearance and rarity, the Polestar 1 is likely to become a popular classic. The company is moving forward, and Polestar 3, slated for release next year, will be a two-row all-electric crossover with one and two-engine configurations. The Polestar 1 was built at the company’s plant in Chengdu, China, but the 3 will be built in South Carolina.

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