2018 Volvo Polestar-1 600-HP Hybrid Coupe
The Polestar 1’s rear-axle battery combined with its main battery pack in the transmission tunnel give the coupe an electric range of 93 miles, while weight distribution remains ideal at 48-52 percent front-to-rear.
At the front, you’ll find Volvo’s now-familiar turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder gas engine and an additional 44-hp electric motor bolted to the crank. At the rear, there’s a pair of 107-hp electric motors.
The Polestar 1’s combined output of 600 horsepower and 737 lb-ft should be enough to do the job on its own, but it also promises physics-bending cornering speeds. That’s thanks to an advanced torque-vectoring system enabled by the two motors at the rear axle, and a continuously controlled electronic suspension by Öhlins. The stopping power for its 600 horses is provided by six-piston brake calipers made by Akebono, the same company that makes brakes for McLaren.
Complementing the Polestar 1’s classic GT proportions are a retractable rear wing, a visible carbon interior, a Polestar logo projected onto the glass roof at all times, and a display box in the trunk showing off all the high-voltage goodness.
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