From the moment the Model 3 was unveiled, other car manufacturers have been trying to emulate the success of Tesla’s entry-level model. The Polestar 2 is the most compelling rival to date.
Shortly after the first reviews of the Polestar 2 came out of Europe, Matt Farah from The Smoking Tire has had the opportunity to test out the EV through the canyon roads just outside of Los Angeles.
Underpinning the Polestar 2 is the same CMA platform as the Volvo XC40 and beneath the floor is a 78 kWh battery pack that sends juice to a pair of electric motors which produce 408 hp and 487 lb-ft (660 Nm) of torque. Polestar says the car has an estimated EPA range of 275 miles (442 km), but this has yet to be verified.
The Polestar 2 tested by Farah was equipped with the available $5,000 Performance Package that adds things likean adjustable Ohlins suspension, four-piston Brembo front brakes and 20-inch forged alloy wheels.
Off the line, the Polestar 2 could be best described as brisk, hitting 62 mph (100 km/h) in a touch under 5 seconds. While that’s not as fast as the Tesla Model 3 Performance that can reach the same mark in less than 3.5 seconds, it is more than adequate for the everyday driving duties of most EV buyers.