Brand-new Polestar 2 EV sedan to spearhead Australian brand launch in 2020

Polestar 2 revealed as an all-electric fastback

Volvo's Polestar 2 picks a fight with Tesla's Model 3

Those looking for a fun-to-drive electric vehicle can opt for the Performance Package which adds Ohlins dampers, Brembo brakes and 20-inch forged alloy wheels for better handling characteristics. Its most recent EV is the Polestar 2, an all-electric high-performance sportback-type-thing and it's here to take on cars like the BMW i4 and Tesla Model 3. The electric Polestar 2 is rated at more than 400 horsepower, and can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in about five seconds. Don't let its EV nature and pedestrian specs fool you, though, the Polestar 2 is created to be a proper weapon.

The Polestar 2 is one of several new electric vehicle models coming this year, including the Audi e-tron SUV, as competition moves into the luxury electric space once exclusively occupied by Tesla. For Polestar, performance underlies the entire driving experience. Polestar 2 is the company's first full electric, higher volume premium vehicle.

Powered by two electric motors and a 27-module battery pack integrated into the vehicle floor, the all-wheel-drive Polestar 2 produces 300kW/660Nm, enabling a 0-100km/h sprint time of less than five seconds. Road noise is reduced by 3.7dB thanks to the chassis-integrated battery pack, which also reinforces structural rigidity of the whole vehicle.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath with the Polestar 2.

The combined system output is 408 hp (300 kW) and 660 Nm of torque, which propels the fastback from standstill to 100 km/h in under five seconds.

The Polestar 2 will also be one of the first cars in the world to feature an infotainment system powered by Google's Android OS.

Specifying the "Performance Pack", meanwhile, adds Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and model-specific 20-inch forged wheels, while Polestar's signature gold seat belts, brake callipers and valve caps complete the visual upgrade.

This 11-inch touchscreen interface uses an Android interface, the first of its kind on any auto now in production. Further tech, such as numerous connected services and the facility to use your smartphone as a vehicle key, also feature.

As with all other Polestars, the 2 can only be ordered online.

The vehicle detects whenever the driver approaches and once the digital key, i.e., connected smartphone is in range, the in-car displays will show information regarding range, battery status and more.

The Polestar 2 launch edition starts at $63,000 in the U.S. before a $7,500 federal tax credit, effectively bringing the price down to $55,500. Production will commence in early 2020 in China for global markets.

The all-new electric fastback will make its official public appearance at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show this March.

Polestar 2 will also be available in a network of soon-to-be-opened Polestar Spaces that will provide physical viewing and test drive opportunities.

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