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Volvo's Polestar 1 Will Be a 600-Horsepower Volvo Flagship Coupe

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author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2018

Are you ready for a 600-horsepower Volvo? It's coming, according to Volvo, who released a new 600-hp flagship coupe at this year's Geneva Auto Show. The car will be named the Polestar 1 -- and not the "Volvo Polestar 1," but simply the "Polestar 1," as Volvo is apparently spinning off its Polestar performance division into a separate brand.

On the outside, the Polestar 1 is gorgeous -- if a bit restrained, in traditional Volvo style. It certainly doesn't have the look of a 600-hp sports car, though that may be by design. It seems the Polestar 1 is a bit more of a grand tourer than a true sports car, despite its big power number. And it's not just the power number that's impressive: Volvo says the Polestar 1 has 738 lb-ft of torque, which is a ridiculous figure, unless you're talking about a school bus.

As usual with modern Volvo models (and given Volvo's desire to become electrified), the power is provided by a 4-cylinder engine mated to two electric motors. Just as impressive as the power numbers is the range. Volvo says the Polestar 1 can travel 93 miles on fully electric power before the gasoline engine kicks in, giving it the longest electric range of any plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Although Volvo hasn't announced pricing, the Polestar 1 is expected to go on sale in mid-2019, with supplies purportedly limited to just 500 units a year. After the launch of the Polestar 1, a more affordable, more mainstream "Polestar 2" will reportedly debut. According to Volvo, Polestar is sort of a brand of the future, and a combination of electrification and performance; all Polestar models will be sold exclusively online, and they'll offer a subscription service like a cell phone rather than a true purchase like a traditional vehicle.

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