by Karl Furlong
Since the Polestar 1 arrived, the Swedish carmaker has come a long way. The higher-volume Polestar 2 arrived and will shortly be followed by the Polestar 3 SUV. That doesn't mean that Polestar has abandoned aspirational products, though. The Polestar 6 electric roadster will be based on the stunning O2 Concept revealed in 2022. Even though it will only be launched in 2026, we already know some information about what could be the brand's most exciting car yet. If the new Tesla Roadster ever sees the light of day, the Polestar 6 would be a close rival with its edgy design and potent performance courtesy of its 884-horsepower output. It will also be one of the very few electric roadsters to hit the market over the next few years.
The Polestar 6's release date is scheduled for sometime in 2026. Interested customers will be able to reserve the EV online from August 2022, years before it's due to be coming out.
Set to be the brand's most expensive car yet, the 2026 Polestar 6's price is $200,000 MSRP for the LA Concept edition, of which there are to be 500 examples. Reserving one of these models will cost $25,000 on its own. There will likely be cheaper variants that do without the LA Concept edition's unique features, but either way, the 2026 Polestar 6 will not be cheap when it goes on sale in the USA. Tesla's new Roadster is expected to start at $200,000 and go up to $250,000 when, and if, it arrives. For now, there are no other major rivals.
It might be some time before we see the Polestar 6's final exterior design, but if it adheres closely to the O2 Concept, this will be a stunning roadster. The clean, futuristic design language of other Polestar models is brought to life by the roadster's sportier profile and short overhangs. Influenced by aerospace design, there are no brash wings or spoilers here, and the integrated air ducts in the wheel arches are subtly incorporated.
In front, the boomerang-shaped lighting signature is striking, and there's no unsightly grille to interrupt the smooth lines. With the hardtop raised, the 2026 Polestar 6 looks like a fixed-roof coupe, albeit one with a large glass roof. There are no visible door handles on the concept, but the production model may differ.
Unique 21-inch wheels are found on the O2 Concept and will apparently make it onto the Polestar 6 LA Concept edition, too. At the back, there is a full-width and extremely slim taillight strip. We don't know what all the Polestar 6 colors will be, but the LA Concept edition will come with the attractive Sky Blue paint.
The O2 Concept came with an autonomous cinematic drone that can record the ideal driving sequence at higher speeds. We can't quite decide if recording yourself driving your $200k electric sports car from above is more narcissistic than cool, but it's probably a bit of both.
The length, width, and height of the electric roadster haven't been published yet. We do know that the wheelbase will be around 109.9 inches, so the 2+2 probably won't have much space for rear-seat passengers. We'll have to wait a bit longer for the Polestar 6's official dimensions and curb weight to be confirmed.
Although it won't be as shockingly quick as the Tesla Roadster, the new Polestar 6 roadster still boasts mighty performance specs. Dual electric motors will produce 884 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, with power going to all four corners. Polestar is targeting a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. By comparison, Tesla claims a frankly absurd 1.9 seconds for its Roadster's 0-60 sprint, but the full-electric Polestar's 3.1-second time is fast enough to push you firmly back in your seat.
Polestar's electric roadster will share its 800-volt electric architecture with the Polestar 5. The car will also be built on a bonded aluminum platform. Polestar says that the bonded aluminum unibody gives the automaker greater design flexibility, and it has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio.
EPA ratings, battery specs, and MPGe information haven't been shared yet, but Polestar is targeting a range of over 300 miles on a full charge. The 800-volt electric architecture should enable fast charging that matches the 350-kW speeds of the top EVs on the market. Charging at those speeds typically gets the battery up to around 80% in not much more than 20 minutes, as long as the battery isn't completely drained.
A 2+2, the Polestar 6's interior theoretically has enough space for four adults. However, the second row of the O2 Concept appears particularly cramped, and headroom might be an issue with the roof up. The O2 Concept drew inspiration from the Precept inside with its 3D knit upholstery and woven flax composite panels.
Like Tesla's cabins, this one is minimalist in its design but we expect the Polestar 6's interior to be solidly built using classy materials. The Polestar 6's seats with be upholstered in light leather, at least in the case of the LA Concept version. A portrait-style touchscreen and digital driver's display are expected at this level, and the car should come with all the advanced driver-assist features that are common on Volvo and Polestar products.
The Polestar 6's cargo space will probably be tight owing to the hardtop roof's folding mechanism, but a potential frunk in front could boost practicality.