Polestar has lofty ambitions for its first electric sports car.
Edward Trinh, Polestar Australia's Product Planning Manager, told Drive that the Polestar electric sports car, due in 2026, will be aimed squarely at Zuffenhausen's finest. "We're benchmarking this dynamically against a Porsche," he said.
According to Trinh, the all-electric company takes dynamics seriously and wants the Polestar 6 to spark joy through corners. "Speaking to the R&D team, we got a bit of insider information from the head of vehicle dynamics for this vehicle [that] they're looking [into] trick suspension systems."
"They're incredibly serious about it. It needs to handle. Vehicle dynamics is our background, we don't forget about that heritage," he added.
Polestar boss Thomas Ingenlath previously said the striking roadster would go up against the 911. "We created this bonded [aluminum] platform which is in the premium segment at the very top. Here we are competing with the Porsche 911 and that type of car," said the CEO.
This aluminum unibody is lightweight (essential for an electric vehicle) but still immensely strong. Speaking to Drive, Trinh said it's a cutting-edge design one would expect to see on a Lotus or McLaren.
"It's different grades of high-quality aluminum bonded together with adhesive and then baked in an oven - that allows for the strength-to-weight ratio [to be] really impressive."
The unibody platform will be shared with the upcoming Polestar 5. "All the grades of aluminum are labeled, so it's easy to recycle," added Trinh. Sustainability is a theme carried throughout the vehicle, but it's not just about carbon neutrality. This makes the vehicles easier to repair, service, and eventually, recycle.
We're not sure how closely the production version will resemble the elegant concept, but Trinh did say the power-folding metal roof will remain. Sadly (but unsurprisingly), the deployable drone that captures footage of the vehicle driving won't make it to the production model.
We expect more details to be released as we inch closer to 2026 but for now, here's what we know about the exterior. The classy Sky Blue paintwork will be reserved for the LA Concept Edition. All 500 units of this variant have already been sold, but regular models will follow shortly after.
"They haven't released the palette for it yet, all I know is that it's going to come in snow, or a white of some sort," added Trinh. We've already seen a white-painted example (pictured below) at Monterey Car Week, and it looked just as bewitching as the original concept.
Polestar is targeting a top speed of 155 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds. Dual electric motors will provide this rapid performance and send 884 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels.