The Long range Dual motor in the Polestar 2 is now capable of producing a maximum of 476 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque following a “performance-orientated” software upgrade.
The new development adds an additional 67 hp and 14 lb-ft to the Long range Dual motor’s original output of 408hp and 486 lb-ft, and is more in-line with the 450hp available in segment rival Tesla’s Dual Motor Performance Model 3.
So keenly has this been received by Polestar 2 owners, the upgrade has already been remotely downloaded more than 400 times from the Polestar Extras web shop since late November.
The power and torque hikes have also had a beneficial effect on performance, with the Polestar 2 sprinting from 0-to-100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds, shaving off three-tenths in the process. Designed to improve general powertrain response times, the upgrade prioritizes mid-range acceleration, and acts as a notable “boost” between 70 km/h and 130 km/h. Consequently, accelerating from 80 km/h to 120 km/h now takes just 2.2 seconds, half a second quicker than before.
No official statements have been made regarding any possible affects this additional performance may have on the Long range Dual motor’s estimated range.
“The upgrade highlights how connected technologies can transform the relationship a car company has with its customers,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath explained in an official statement. “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.”
Initially available in select European markets, the performance upgrade will be available in Canada and the US from the spring onwards. Priced “on average” at €1,000 in Europe (around $1,400), it has not been confirmed how much the download will cost for North America customers.