Polestar 1: Hi-po hybrid coupe revealed – 441kW, 1000Nm hybrid

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Volvo’s performance arm has today unveiled what it calls the very first vehicle of its new era of performance electric cars. Polestar says the launch of the Chinese-built Polestar 1 will lead the way to two other models, the creatively named Polestar 2 and 3, in the coming years.

Australian buyers will be disappointed to know that for now, the Polestar 1 is left-hand-drive only. However, the two additional models will be made available in right-hand drive from the get go.

The Polestar 1 will be the first Polestar to not wear any Volvo badges, however it will take the internal combustion engine of its parent company’s T8 models.

That setup has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo and supercharged petrol engine driving the front wheels, matched to two independently operating electric motors in the rear that allow for torque vectoring when needed.

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