Polestar 1's Nurburgring Performance Is Seriously Impressive

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It's safe to say the Polestar 1's track performance has exceeded all expectations.

Since the mid-1990s, Polestar has served as Volvo's in-house tuning division building high-performance versions of Volvo's sedate family sedans and SUVs. Today, however, Polestar manufactures its own range of electrified performance cars starting with the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid luxury grand tourer.

With its sleek styling, potent performance, and respectable range, the Polestar 1 was one of the best surprises of 2017 when it made its world debut. Since the Polestar 1 went on sale in 2019, owners have been able to find out if it lives up to the hype. YouTuber Misha Charoudin recently had the opportunity to put the Polestar 1 through its paces at the Nurburgring, and it's safe to say it exceeded all expectations.

Misha Charoudin / YouTube
Misha Charoudin / YouTube

Powering the Polestar 1 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder unit with three electric motors generating a combined output of 600 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque. 0-62 mph takes just 4.2 seconds before the Polestar 2 tops out at 155 mph.

As you can see in the video, this impressive performance enables the Polestar 1 to overtake a Mercedes-AMG GT at the Nurburgring. Despite weighing 2.2 tonnes due to the extra weight of the battery, the Polestar 1 is surprisingly agile and refused to understeer when pushed to the limit at the Nurburgring, allowing Charoudin to confidently attack the Green Hell's challenging corners.

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Polestar is no stranger to the Nurburgring either as the Volvo S60 Polestar set a four-sedan lap record at the famous circuit back in 2017. Currently, the electric car manufacturer is preparing to launch the successor to the Polestar 1 in the US, which is aptly named the Polestar 2. Unlike the Polestar 1, the Polestar 2 sedan is fully electric, incorporating a dual-motor setup producing a combined 402 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque and a range of 310 miles. After the Polestar 2, Polestar's third model will be an electric SUV inspired by the Precept Concept.

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2020 Polestar Polestar 1 Front View Driving Polestar

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