2020 Polestar 1 First Drive – Plug-in hybrid coupe previews a fast future

The Polestar 1 behind me fills the rear view mirror, low and broad, a shark among minnows on the highway. There’s something about the proportions that encourage a second-glance; after all, you can’t really credit brand recognition for the number of hungry stares, hastily-pointed phone cameras, and blunt fascination the sleek 2+2 coupe engenders.

It takes a little history lesson to understand Polestar. The company started out as a third-party Volvo tuner, wedded to the Polestar Racing team. That coupling split in 2015, when Volvo brought the tuning division in-house and set it to work creating typically limited-edition performance versions of its regular range.

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