Rear wheel drive only makes a car better. The proof: the renewed Polestar 2, which adopts the new technology of the Volvo C40 and XC40 ‘MY24’. To start with, this means a new generation of permanent magnet electric motors with a silicon carbide inverter, which are not only a lot more economical than the old electric motors, but also deliver a little more power. In the case of the Single Motor versions, you now have 200 or 220 kW (272 or 299 hp) available, the Dual Motor has 310 kW (421 hp) as standard and optionally 350 kW (476 hp) thanks to the Performance Pack.
Slightly larger battery
But the electric motors now also only or mainly drive the rear wheels in the Single or Dual Motor version respectively. This ensures better driving dynamics and also means slightly fewer losses in the powertrain. Add to that the fact that the Polestar 2 Long Range now uses a new battery of 82 kWh (gross, 78 kWh net), and you get nice gains in range. The Standard Range with 69 kWh now achieves up to 518 km WLTP, the Long Range Dual Motor up to 592 km and the Long Range Single Motor up to 635 km.
The Polestar 2 thus plays leapfrog with the Tesla Model 3, its biggest competitor, which reaches up to 602 km of WLTP range – although it also has four-wheel drive. An additional advantage of the new battery pack is a higher charging speed, up to 205 kW. Finally, the Polestar 2 gets a new nose with the SmartZone, in which the majority of the sensors and cameras are incorporated, while more safety systems are included as standard.
You can already order the renewed Polestar 2 from 48,690 euros for the Standard Range, up to 67,190 euros for the Long Range Dual Motor with Performance package. The first deliveries are planned for August 2023.
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