James Gent

James Gent

August 16, 2022 3:05 pm


Polestar has confirmed that its recent ‘O₂’ electric roadster concept will be put into production as the ‘Polestar 6,’ after an “overwhelming” response.

First revealed as a prototype in 2017, the O₂ concept was officially unveiled in March as “Polestar’s vision of open-top performance,” CEO Thomas Ingenlath even going as far as to – rather nauseatingly – call the hard-top EV convertible “the door to [Polestar’s] secret chamber of future potential,” given the blend of electric propulsion and open-air driving, still something of rarity in the production EV arena.

Polestar 6

Polestar 6

Now due for launch in 2026, the newly-named Polestar 6 convertible will follow the already launched ‘2’ SUV, the ‘5’ sedan (set to arrive in 2024), the ‘3’ SUV set to be launched in October, and the announced ‘4’ on Polestar’s line-up.

“With the overwhelming consumer and press response, we took the decision to put this stunning roadster into production and I am so excited to make it a reality,” Ingenlath explains. “Polestar 6 is a perfect combination of powerful electric performance and the thrill of fresh air with the top down.”

Polestar 6

Polestar 6

The 6 will sit on an adapted version of the 800-Volt EV-dedicated architecture at the base of the Polestar 5, and is set to feature the same 2+2 seating configuration – plus folding hard-top mechanism – as the O₂ concept.

The 6 will also feature spirited performance courtesy of a dual-motor powertrain producing “up to 650 kW (884 hp)” and 900 Nm (just under 664 lb ft) of torque. Identical – potentially, at least – to the Polestar 5, and sufficient for a 0-100 km/h sprint of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h.

Polestar 6

Polestar 6

Building on the ‘Precept’ design language of the Polestar 5 – as stated back in March – the low and wide body with “assertive stance” and the short overhangs on the O₂ concept are almost certain to transition across to the 6 for 2026. While Polestar has not yet hinted at an estimated range, the concept’s aerodynamics, “manipulated to maximize range,” and the high likelihood of the roadster boasting the same 100-plus kWh battery as the ‘5’ sedan, suggests a 450-plus km range could be feasible, even with the additional weight of a roadster.

Production numbers have also not been revealed as of yet, though Polestar has stated that the first 500 examples – the ‘Polestar 6 LA Concept edition’ – will feature the concept’s Sky blue paint as standard as well as the bespoke 21-inch wheels.

Ironically, the launch edition will also feature a “light leather interior” in-keeping with Polestar’s premium market position. This, despite the “thermoplastic mono-material” – one base material, recycled polyester, used to manufacture different components – build on the O₂ specifically designed to improve the brand’s sustainability.

Despite being four years away, interested customers can reserve their example today on the official Polestar website. The O₂ is also set to headline Polestar’s stand at this week’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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