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Hotter Polestar 2 prototype teased

By James Robinson, 06 Apr 2021 Car News

Hotter Polestar 2 prototype teased

CEO posts images on Instagram of lower, better-braked EV fastback

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath has posted two photos on his Instagram page hinting that a faster Polestar 2 performance model is under development. 

The images show a white Polestar 2 sitting lower than usual, sporting gold brake calipers, blackened 20-inch alloy wheels first seen on the Polestar 1 coupe, and body-coloured panels that give the front facia a more aggressive profile. 

Ingenlath has also thrown in some hashtags below the images that give further clues as to what other performance goodies may be adorning the car. 

“#polestar2, #akebono, #ohlins, #prototype, #tuning” were featured in one of the images, while “#polestar2, #tuning, #oehlins, #brembo, #electriccar” were written below the other. 

Polestar, formerly Volvo’s in-house performance arm, has a long-running relationship with Swedish suspension manufacturer Öhlins. 

It also offers the regular Polestar 2 with an optional performance pack that equips it with Öhlins dual-flow valve 22-way manually adjustable dampers. 

So it’s plausible that Polestar could be working with the suspension manufacturer again on a more hardcore suspension set-up for the faster prototype. 

The same optional performance pack also gives the standard Polestar 2 bigger Brembo front brake calipers, meaning this new prototype could be fitted with a more aggressive caliper and pad set-up for performance driving. 

However, the inclusion of the Akebono hashtag is curious, as although Polestar has always had a penchant for the Japanese performance brake manufacturer, the standard five-door fastback isn’t fitted with anything made by it.

Could it be that Polestar is again going to Akebono for a more extreme brake set-up than the Brembo system used in the standard performance pack, like the one found in the Polestar 1?

Unfortunately, we may never get to find out, as Roadshow first reported – this prototype will likely remain just that. 

And that’s a shame, considering a faster, more-honed model would definitely set it apart from its rivals, especially when the EV brand debuts in Australia before the end of the year.

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