Polestar, the sustainable Swedish premium electric car company, has released a performance-oriented software upgrade for the Polestar 2 Long range Dual motor in selected European markets. The software upgrade represents the first time Polestar has applied its tuning heritage to its own electric cars.
It has already seen an enthusiastic pick-up from Polestar 2 owners with over 400 upgrades downloaded in its first weeks of availability since late November.
Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, said: “The upgrade highlights how connected technologies can transform the relationship a car company has with its customers. The driving experience in Polestar 2 is something we are really proud of.
“It is such a fun car to drive already but with this upgrade we can offer even more to our customers who might be after a little extra excitement.”
Born in motorsport in the late 1990s, Polestar’s racetrack and performance tuning genetics are still present in its modern electric performance vehicle DNA.
Previewed earlier in 2021 in the experimental Polestar 2 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the upgrade adds 50kW and 20Nm to the already high-output dual-motor powertrain for a total of 350kW (476hp) and 680Nm (502lb. ft).
Additional responsiveness produces a sportier driving experience overall. The 0-62mph (0-100kph) sprint time has been reduced to just 4.4 seconds. The additional power and torque is available as a ‘boost’ between 44-80mph (70-130kph).
This results in even more mid-range acceleration. Accelerating from 50-75mph (80-120kph) it takes just 2.2 seconds which is half a second quicker than in the standard car. This is a great upgrade for all those who like a little extra speed in their lives.
The upgrade is rolling out for customers with eligible cars in the Polestar Extras webshop as a software download that is delivered remotely to their Polestar 2 via an Over-the-Air update.