Polestar is launching a brand new electric sports car in 2026, and the automaker has not shied away from grandiose statements about the Polestar 6 EV. Touted as the “future of the sports car”, Polestar is positioning the luxury EV as the ultimate contender to “go head-to-head” against the renowned Porsche 911 in dynamic driving.
Polestar, although a relatively new entry to the market, has already established a reputation for building some of the most eco-friendly vehicles on the road, including the Polestar 2 and Polestar 3. Currently, the Polestar 4 (the company’s second SUV following the Polestar 3), is slated to launch in 2023, while its original concept, the Precept, will debut as the Polestar 5 in 2024.
The Polestar 6, on the other hand, will be based on the automaker’s 2+2 electric roadster that debuted as the O₂ concept, with production planned for 2026. “We’re benchmarking this dynamically against a Porsche,” shared Edward Trinh, Polestar Australia’s Product Planning Manager at a Mel-bourne event showcasing the automaker’s electric sports car. “The 911, the Taycan – they’re the types of cars we’re looking at. We believe they’re the benchmarks in the industry for vehicle dynamics.”
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The Polestar 6 will reportedly feature a dual motor (884 hp and 663 lb-ft) AWD electric architecture (800V) with a target 0 to 100 km/h time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. “Speaking to the R&D team, we got a bit of insider information from the head of vehicle dynamics for this vehicle [that] they’re looking [into] trick suspension systems,” adds Trinh. “It needs to handle. Vehicle dynamics is our background, we don’t forget about that heritage.”
The future Porsche 911 rival will also feature an aluminum unibody for maximum strength and ideal weight, often found on a McLaren or a Lotus, according to Trinh. “It’s not just about carbon neutrality, it’s about circularity, so we’re making cars that are easier to service, easier to repair, easier to recycle.”