Polestar, Volvo's all-electric luxury performance startup, is beginning its product rollout with the Polestar 1, a plug-in hybrid coupe. The Polestar 1's initial production run of just 500 vehicles will reach customers this year. Its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged engine, combined with a 34-kilowatt-hour battery, offers combined power of more than 626 hp and 738 pound-feet of torque. Here's a roundup of early Polestar 1 reviews from the automotive media.
"The Polestar 1 is fast, and really good at being fast.
"You're cruising, you relax, and maybe come up to a stop sign. The moment your foot touches that right pedal again, the Polestar 1 is gone.
"And it's not a violent launch, like those videos of people in Teslas torturing their family members to go viral in the Elon Musk Twitter replies, but instead a very rapid progression. It feels like a plane taking off — a strangely bewildering sensation of force, the vehicle around you moving before your body in the seat does.
"And that's all before the combustion engine kicks in."
-- Justin T. Westbrook, Jalopnik