Polestar 2 gets new styling, more range

The refreshed Polestar 2, like its big shareholder Volvo’s XC40 and C40 brothers, gets a new generation permanent magnet electric motor and a new silicon carbide inverter for improved efficiency and performance. It also has a much improved lithium-ion battery.

Switching from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive for the first time, the power of the car’s single-motor variant rises from 170 kW (228 hp) to 220 kW (295 hp). Newton meters increase from 330 (243 lb-ft) to 490 (360 lb-ft of torque).

The modifications shaved 1.2 seconds off the car’s 0-100 kph (62 mph) time to 6.2 seconds, the company said Tuesday.

The dual-motor version of the Polestar 2 remains all-wheel drive, but now has rear-wheel drive. A new rear motor is the primary drive source for this variant, with a new asynchronous motor on the front axle providing additional support.

Combining the two motors gives the entire system an output of 310 kw (416 hp) and 740 Newton meters. This is up from his 300 kw (402 hp) and 660 Newton meters on the previous car.

The main change to the dual motor variant is that the front motor can now be decoupled when not needed. This improves efficiency. For example, using this feature in the long-range dual-motor variant of this car will increase the range from 105 kilometers to 592 kilometers, the automaker said in a press release.

If the driver needs more power, the front motor instantly reactivates.

The top Performance Pack variant of this car offers up to 350 kW (469 hp) and a 0-100 kmph time of 4.2 seconds.

According to the performance-focused website AutoSnout.com, this matches models such as the 2022 BMW 2-Series M2 3.0 Twin Turbo G87 and the 2021 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder.

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