A brand new horsepower struggle is brewing amongst automakers, and this time the variety of cylinders will not be an element. At the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England final week, Polestar, aiming straight at Porsche, fired the most recent shot with a modern, 884-hp four-door GT — the Polestar 5.
When it arrives in 2024, the dual-motor, 800-volt battery-powered sport sedan shall be a direct competitor to the Porsche Taycan, the ageing Tesla Model S and Lucid, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz electrical autos.
“Polestar 5 is a company-defining project. Its progressive design and advanced engineering set the tone for Polestar’s future,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath mentioned. “We have great talent on board enabling us to create truly iconic EVs.”
A camouflaged Polestar 5 was pushed up Goodwood Hill twice each day through the competition, the primary time the almost full automotive has been proven in public.
While no efficiency figures got, the Polestar 5 guarantees to be a lightning-fast EV. Engineers have created a light-weight bonded aluminum chassis for it. When mixed with the 884-hp drivetrain, the efficiency sedan ought to see 0-to-60-mph occasions properly below 4 seconds. The quickest Lucid Air makes it to 60 in 2.6 seconds, identical because the Taycan.
“The new powertrain we are working on will set a new brand benchmark in our high-performing cars,” mentioned Jörg Brandscheid, Polestar’s chief expertise officer and head of R&D. “Combining strong electric motor engineering ability with advances in lightweight platform technology is leading to truly stunning driver’s cars.”
Polestar is launching one new EV per yr for the following three years.