The Polestar 2 is one of the more overlooked vehicles in its segment, but that could very well be due to the fact that despite it being a nice vehicle to live with, its performance just isn’t quite at the level of its rivals. That changes now, as a new over-the-air update gives the car a significant power boost, putting it right up there with the segment leaders.
This upgrade was actually previewed a few months back with an experimental Polestar 2 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and is now available for the Long Range Dual Motor version of the car. And while it’s only for select European markets as of right now, the company does plan to offer it in other countries in the near future. Any customer with an eligible car and access to the Polestar Extras web shop will be able to receive the upgrade, which is expected to cost the equivalent of €1,000 with some slight variations from market to market.
Moving to the important part, though, as mentioned before, this update gives the Polestar 2 a significant power boost, one that puts it virtually level with the Tesla Model 3, its chief rival, at least on paper. The boost consists of an extra 67 hp (68 PS / 50 kW) and 15 lb-ft (20 Nm) of torque, bringing total output to 467 hp (473 PS / 350 kW) and 502 lb-ft (680 Nm) of torque. For reference, the top-spec Tesla Model 3 makes 450 hp (456 PS / 340 kW) and 439 lb-ft (639 Nm) of torque, however, due to its lower curb weight, its 3.3-second 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time is still 1.1 seconds quicker than the updated Polestar’s time of 4.4 seconds.
Nevertheless, this is still a big deal for Polestar and represents the first time they’ve applied their tuning expertise to one of their own vehicles since they became a separate brand in 2017.
Regarding the accomplishment, Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, said: “The upgrade highlights how connected technologies can transform the relationship a car company has with its customers. 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.”