Polestar has announced a new performance upgrade that ups the power on the Long Range Dual Motor ‘Polestar 2’ fastback.
Available to customers in the United States and Canada, the upgrade hikes the power and torque of the Polestar 2 from the existing 408 hp and 487 lb-ft by 68 hp and 15 respectively to 476 hp and 502 lb-ft. This increase that puts the Polestar 2’s total power output to within 4 hp of its principal rival – the Tesla Model 3 – and, interestingly, on par with the special edition, 476 hp focused BST Edition 270.
Said upgrade is available via over-the-air updates, and can be ordered, without subscription, at polestar-shop.com, meaning existing customers are not required to visit the Swedish electric brand’s service centres for their additional grunt.
The heightened power of the dual e-motor drivetrain also drops the 0-100 km/ sprint time of the pure electric fastback from 4.5 to 4.2 seconds, though there is no word on whether the 205 km/h top speed has been affected. Interestingly, the additional power is said to be primarily felt between 44 and 80 mph (around 70 to 128 km/h) for more rampant, mid-range acceleration. As a result, the surge from 80 to 120 km/h takes just 2.2 seconds.
“This upgrade highlights how connected technologies can transform the relationship a car company has with its customers,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath explains. “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.”
The increased power and torque software upgrade can also be ordered as part of Polestar’s $1,195 optional ‘Performance Pack,’ which also throws in adjustable Öhlins Dual Flow Valve dampers for improved road holding, higher capacity Brembo brakes (with yellow seat belts thrown in to match the calipers), and bespoke 20-inch alloys.