According to a press release issued by Polestar on Wednesday, the flagship Polestar 5 EV will have an 800-volt electrical architecture and a potent dual-motor all-wheel-drive system. 884 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque are produced by the two motors combined. The rear motor is more potent, although Polestar did not go into more detail about specific outputs for each of the motors.
The Polestar 5, a four-door electric fastback that will be at the pinnacle of the brand’s lineup, made an appearance this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in some prototype form. That event has typically been more geared toward general car enthusiasts rather than EV enthusiasts. This may be the target market Polestar is looking for.
Although it substitutes conventional doors for the Precept’s suicide doors, the Polestar 5 is mainly focused on the Precept concept unveiled in 2020 and is scheduled to go on sale in 2024. It is obviously intended to compete with the Tesla Model S, Mercedes-Benz EQS, Lucid Air, and to some extent the Porsche Taycan.
Even though it will still have some similarities with parent brand Volvo, Polestar has been making a pivot, becoming a Porsche rival, and is creating its own electric batteries, motors, and architecture. The Precept and the Polestar O2 roadster concept serve as examples of how it is also progressing towards distancing its styling from its own Volvo roots.
A relatively small, more coupe-like Polestar 4 SUV is expected to make its debut later in 2023 before the Polestar 5, which is expected to follow an American-built Polestar 3 SUV. Polestar hopes to increase sales with these newer models ten-fold, from about 29,000 units in 2021 to 290,000 by the close of 2025.