Polestar has released a performance-oriented software upgrade for the Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor variant. The change represents the first time the car maker has applied its tuning heritage to its own electric cars.
“The upgrade highlights how connected technologies can transform the relationship a car company has with its customers. The driving experience in Polestar 2 is something we are really proud of,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said.
“It is such a fun car to drive already, but with this upgrade we can offer even more to our customers who might be after a little extra excitement.”
Born in motorsport in the late 1990s, Polestar’s racetrack and performance tuning genetics are present in its modern electric performance vehicle DNA.
Previewed in 2021 in the experimental Polestar 2 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the upgrade adds 50kW and 20Nm to the already high-output dual-motor powertrain for a total of 350kW and 680Nm.
Additional responsiveness also produces a sportier driving experience overall, and the 0-100km/h sprint time has been reduced to 4.4 seconds. The additional power and torque is available as a ‘boost’ between 70 and 130km/h too.
This results in even more rapid acceleration in the mid-range. Accelerating from 80 to 120km/h takes just 2.2 seconds, half a second quicker than in the standard car.
With the existing Polestar Engineered performance software tuning business already seeing the application of its engineering expertise to certain hybrid Volvo vehicles, the new development presents an opportunity for fully electric vehicles.
This allows enthusiastic Polestar 2 drivers to increase the output of the all-wheel drive powertrain and enjoy a sharper driving experience. The upgrade is now available for customers with eligible cars in the Polestar Extras web shop as a software download.
It’s delivered remotely to the Polestar 2 via an over-the-air update. The ability to buy online and install remotely also highlights Polestar’s proficiency in the increasingly digital automotive world. Keen to buy a Polestar 2 and need finance? Check out CreditOne.