The golden goodbye to Polestar 1
The aim of a halo car is to capture people’s imaginations. To get them talking. And keep them talking. In that sense, Polestar 1 has more than fulfilled its purpose. Now an era is drawing to a close. To commemorate its life in the limelight, we decided to enhance its star qualities further. Because if you’re going to say goodbye, you might as well do it in style.
Our first (and last) electric performance hybrid is a meeting point of obsessive design and technological innovation. With a combined power output of 609 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque, and a purely electric driving range of 70 miles (WLTP), which is still the longest of any hybrid car in the world, it is a performance car that can be driven as a full EV in daily use, doubling as a long-distance GT at any moment.
To mark Polestar 1’s end of production this year, we unveiled a special edition at Auto Shanghai. The new version features "Sun" matte gold exterior paint job, complemented by gold-finished brake calipers. Inside, colour-matched gold stitching and seatbelts give the interior an even more distinctive feel. The 21-inch glossy black Diamond Cut alloy wheels are also exclusive to this extremely limited-run Polestar 1.
A maximum of 25 units will be built.
“This car was not designed to fit into a box,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. “We didn’t design it to compete with other cars, and neither did we design it to suit a specific target customer. Polestar 1 was about pushing our own boundaries, exploring a new era for Polestar and launching the brand with a strong statement”.
That being said, Polestar 1 has won several awards and broad acclaim, from titles as varied as Autocar Business, GQ Magazine, Forbes and most recently won Insider’s car of the year (sharing the top spot with Polestar 2). And when the golden halo was exposed to the objective scrutiny of the press, what they had to say was a resounding confirmation of our view.
“Of course, Volvo Cars' performance brand wants to make sure that the hybrid GT of your dreams gets a great sendoff.” – Hot Cars
“Sweden's stunning plug-in-hybrid luxury coupe will be even harder to miss in this matte finish.” – Road Show
“Polestar 1 is about to cross the great divide, but at least it does so in a fashionable manner.” – Teknikens Värld (article in Swedish)
Thomas Ingenlath comments: “We pushed boundaries with this car, not only in terms of engineering but also in its design and execution. Polestar 1 set the tone for our brand and its genes are evident in Polestar 2 – as they will be in our future cars to come.”
Gold, then, seems like the perfect colour for a unique vehicle to bid an equally unique farewell.
Vehicle, or art: Polestar 1 and the Art for Art initiative
What defines art is an age-old question. While some art is created merely to be aesthetically appealing, some is meant to be interpretive. Some pieces ask questions, others make statements. However, they all inspire a reaction. Much like Polestar 1. So, why not use one to buy the other?
Golden moments in the Cube
Rarity adds value. The less common something is, the more it’s worth. Polestar 1, a hand-built electric performance hybrid, is one of these rare and correspondingly valuable things. One of the 25 Polestar 1s rendered in gold is even rarer. So, when three customers arrived at Polestar HQ to each take home a golden Polestar 1, we decided to document those golden moments.
Yearly Highlights 2021
Challenging conventions. Evolving our design language. Driving climate action. These are the convictions that define the Polestar universe. Looking back across another eventful year, it’s evident that they’ve all contributed to the expansion of said universe. These are our highlights from 2021.