A total of 476 horsepower is just a few clicks away.
Polestar has just announced a new over-the-air update for its Polestar 2 that gives the electric vehicle an additional 68 horsepower for a new total output of 476 hp.
However, this OTA upgrade, which is a one-time $1,195 expense, is only for the Long Range Dual Motor variant. Polestar says this is the first time it's utilized its software upgrade capabilities for tuning purposes.
Along with the horsepower bump, participating owners also receive an extra 15 lb-ft of torque, now rated at 487 lb-ft. Performance is also enhanced with a new 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds. According to the carmaker's testing, the additional horsepower and torque can be felt at speeds between 44 and 80 mph. Accelerating from 50 to 75 mph now happens in only 2.2 seconds.
"This upgrade highlights how connected technologies can transform the relationship a car company has with its customers," said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar. "The driving experience in Polestar 2 is something we are really proud of. It is such a fun car to drive already, but with this upgrade, we can offer even more to our customers who might be after a little extra excitement."
Like an OTA download, this one can be done from just about anywhere, assuming there's a strong enough connection. There's no need for owners to visit a Polestar service center.
Although Polestar states this upgrade is for North American customers, it was already made available to European owners, specifically in the UK, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Germany, and Austria, a year ago for €1,000 (roughly the same in US dollars).
Earlier this month, we reported that it's possibly illegal in Europe for automakers to charge a subscription fee to unlock an EV's full performance capabilities. In that case, Mercedes wanted to charge an extra $100 per month, or $1,200 annually, for EQS owners to unlock extra power and acceleration.
This so-called Acceleration Increase subscription is now being put on hold until Mercedes sorts out what it called "legal matters." Expect Polestar to face the same problem if it hasn't already. Still, Polestar's saving grace might be that it's only a one-time charge.
In the US, some states are also unhappy about automakers forcing owners to pony up more money to be able to use the hardware their cars were sold with. New Jersey, for example, wants in-car subscriptions to become illegal. But for now, Polestar 2 owners with the Dual Motor Long Range version can already download the acceleration and power upgrades.