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You Can Now Purchase Polestar’s Roadster—Minus the Drone

Earlier this yr, Polestar revealed one thing of a flight of fancy by taking the covers off an all-electric roadster with a convertible hard-top roof that seemed greater than a bit of sporty.

This idea, dubbed the O2 when it debuted in March, was fully believable, because it was coming from the sister model of Volvo that had rapidly established popularity for delivering high quality EVs. Its accompanying built-in “cinematic drone,” nonetheless, which was to deploy from the rear to autonomously report your highway warrior expertise, was far much less believable.

On the time I stated that if Polestar ever made this drone I’d eat my driving gloves. Nicely, there’s good and dangerous information. The excellent news is that the corporate has introduced it is going to be placing the O2 into manufacturing underneath the title Polestar 6. The dangerous information is, as suspected, the drone will stay firmly grounded on the drafting board. Which additionally signifies that, fortunately, my driving gloves reside to trip one other day.

The Polestar 6 is slated to be delivered in 2026. When it arrives it is going to be the corporate’s fourth new automotive in 5 years. Subsequent yr will see the arrival of the coupe SUV Polestar 4, and the electrical four-door GT Polestar 5 will observe in 2024.

{Photograph}: Polestar

However seeing that Polestar is, as of right this moment, taking reservations for the 6—you’ll have to put down a minimum of $25,000 to get on the checklist, then count on to pay the steadiness of round $200,000 for the ultimate automotive—some important specs have mercifully been given. It should characteristic the high-performance, 800-volt electrical structure already confirmed for Polestar 5, bringing it on par with Hyundai and Kia’s current fast-charging EV platform. 

As a roadster you’ll rightly count on the 6 to be fast, and Polestar is claiming as much as 650 kW (equal to 884 horsepower) and 900 newton meters of torque from a dual-motor powertrain, in addition to a focused 0 to 62 mph dash time of three.2 seconds, then on to a prime velocity of 155 mph. That is in need of Tesla’s endlessly delayed Roadster, with claimed specs of 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and 255-mph prime velocity, however then once more you’ll get Polestar-Volvo construct high quality and a sporting likelihood of the automotive really showing on its forecast supply date.