Polestar has pumped up and is talking up its new-look Polestar 2 due here in the second
half of the year.

Single-motor versions are now rear-drive, powered by a newly developed permanent
magnet motor and silicon carbide inverter.

Power is up from 170 to 220kW, with maximum torque rising from 330 to 490Nm. That’s
brought down the dash from 0-100 km/h to as little as 6.2 seconds — 1.2 seconds less.
Dual-motor versions now have a rear-drive bias to give the car a sportier feel.

A new rear motor becomes the primary drive source, supported by a new asynchronous
motor on the front axle.

Total power output rises from 300 to 310kW and torque from 660 to 740Nm, with 0-100
km/h taking 4.5 seconds.

The front motor can now be disengaged completely when not needed, boosting efficiency.
When the driver wants more power, it re-engages instantly and seamlessly.

But wait there’s more. With the optional Performance Pack, up to 350kW of power is
available, with 0-100km/h taking just 4.2 seconds.

The increase in power, performance and driving enjoyment is also available to purchase
as a download for any eligible long range Dual motor cars.

All Polestar 2 versions feature upgraded lithium-ion batteries, with a positive impact on
efficiency and capacity and charging times.

Long-range versions now feature 82 kWh batteries, standard-range versions retain a
capacity of 69 kWh.

The front motor disconnect function on the long-range Dual motor version is particularly
effective at maximising range, which is now up to 592km – a significant increase of 105km.

Standard range Single motor versions are now capable of up to 518km, an increase of
40km, and the long-range Single motor version can now achieve up to 635km WLTP — an
increase of 84 km.

SmartZone makes its debut on Polestar 2 and hosts some of the vehicle’s most important
active safety features, including the front facing camera and mid-range radar.

The 20-inch forged alloy wheels in the Performance Pack have been updated to align with
Polestar 3.

Australian customers will be able to order the 2024 model year Polestar 2 in the second
quarter of 2023, with first deliveries expected in the third quarter of 2023.

About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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