Polestar only intends to build 500 models per year.
We were seriously impressed when Volvo unveiled its new hybrid performance coupe, the Polestar 1. The first car to be developed by Polestar as a standalone brand after being tied to Volvo as a performance division, its sleek styling, potent performance, and impressive range instantly won us over. If you've been waiting to place an order for one, we have good and bad news for you. The good news is the pre-order form for the Polestar 1 is now live on the company's website in 18 countries including the U.S. The bad news?
Polestar's hybrid performance coupe is in very high demand, so you better act fast if you want to be an early adopter. "With over 7,000 people interested in owning a Polestar 1 since its reveal, we are extremely encouraged by the passion shown for our product," said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. "We will now take the next steps towards delivering this beautiful car to our first customers." Those interested in reserving a Polestar 1 are required to place a fully refundable $2,500 to join the preorder queue. You may be waiting a while, however, because Polestar is only planning to produce 500 examples per year in the initial production run of 1,500 models.
This could be extended, however, since demand for the performance coupe has been so high. It's not surprising the Polestar 1 has been so popular. The sleek Swedish grand-tourer packs a potent hybrid powertrain that produces 600 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque. If that wasn't already impressive, the Polestar 1 also has a pure electric range of 93 miles, which is the longest of any current hybrid car. Production will begin next year. While the Polestar 1 is a hybrid coupe, future models will be fully electric. The Polestar 2 will be an all-electric mid-size sedan that will take on the Tesla Model 3 next year, while the Polestar 3, due in 2020, will be a crossover, and the Polestar 4 will be a convertible.