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Polestar 5 Development Prototype Arrives at Goodwood With 871 HP Dual Motor EV Setup

Polestar will showcase a development prototype of the Polestar 5 at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, which kicks off today, June 23. The Polestar 5 is the production-ready variant of the Precept concept car, which was first unveiled back in 2020.
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The ‘5’ will sprint up the iconic Goodwood hill twice each day during the event, as part of the “First Glance” group. The high-performance electric 4-door GT will make its official debut in 2024 as the third of three new EVs expected to be unveiled by Polestar in the next three years – together with the Polestar 3 and Polestar 4 electric SUVs.

“Polestar 5 is shaping up to be a superb 4-door GT and a true Polestar at heart. The platform combines low-volume performance car attributes with modern technological advances to bring light-weight, high-rigidity sports car chassis technology into mass production,” said Head of Polestar UK R&D, Pete Allen.

The carmaker’s UK team managed to design and develop a unique bonded aluminum chassis, which is a prime factor in delivering a strong vehicle dynamics signature, matching the sporty aesthetics of the Polestar 5.

Of course, the biggest news here is the new electric power train. While development is still ongoing, the Swedish brand did reveal that power will be sourced from a new rear electric motor, working alongside a high-output front electric motor and an 800-volt architecture. This results in a combined output of 871 hp (650 kW / 884 ps) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque.

It’s not quite as much power as you get in a Tesla Model S Plaid, but I doubt other carmakers are necessarily interested in making the absolute fastest-accelerating vehicle in its class, and would rather focus on the overall package. Still, it’s way more power than you get in, say, a Mercedes-AMG EQS 53, and probably more than we can expect from the upcoming EQS 63 variant.

“The new powertrain we are working on will set a new brand benchmark in our high-performing cars. Combining strong electric motor engineering ability with advances in light-weight platform technology is leading to truly stunning driver’s cars,” stated Polestar CTO and head of R&D, Jorg Brandscheid.

 
 
 
 
 

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