Polestar 5 shows off 872bhp electric muscle up Goodwood’s hill

Published: 23 June 2022

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The Polestar 5 electric GT is blasting up the hill at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed to showcase its brawny twin-motor 872bhp powertrain and cutting-edge British-developed aluminium architecture.

It’s a Scandi alternative to the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-Tron GT set of fast four-door electric GTs and the latest in a line of box-fresh Polestar models suddenly being shown. Why the rush of new metal? Because the company is about to list on the US stock exchange this week and is keen to show what’s in the pipeline.

With new models launching annually, by 2024 the range will look something like this:

Polestar 5: the lowdown

The Polestar 5, due in showrooms later in 2024, closely follows the template set by the Precept concept car of 2020. It’s a four-door GT grand tourer, although the final production bodywork remains hidden under the cladding of the prototype driven up the Goodwood hill.

Polestar 5 four-door EV

Of more interest is the aluminium intensive architecture underpinning the 5. It’s the first fruits of Polestar’s new R&D base in the UK at the MIRA research facility in the Midlands, where a lightweight bonded platform is being developed to power top-end models. It’s the same technology deployed by the likes of Aston Martin and inhouse Geely siblings Lotus and taxi firm LEVC, explaining why Polestar has based its second engineering facility in the UK to tap into that low-volume, high-tech expertise already existing in Ansty near Coventry.

Whereas the 2, 3 and 4 models will share Volvo and Geely platforms, the 5 and further low-volume spin-offs will be based around the exceptionally stiff structure developed by a team led by Pete Allen, head of Polestar UK R&D and the engineering brains behind the Mercedes-McLaren SLR. He said: ‘The platform combines low-volume performance car attributes with modern technological advances to bring lightweight, high-rigidity sports car chassis technology into mass production.’

This bonded and riveted aluminium architecture is designed to be super-flexible, allowing a family of spin-offs to be deployed from the same hardware – paving the way for the O2 concept roadster to join the 5 as an open-top sports convertible. Wouldn’t it be ironic if Polestar beat Tesla to launch the world’s first EV soft-top?

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What’ll the production Polestar 5 look like?

The 2024 Polestar 5 is destined to look very similar to the Precept show car (below), according to head of design Maximillian Missoni. ‘Polestars should have control and precision, but also emotion,’ he told CAR magazine. 

Read more about the Polestar Precept concept here

Don’t expect a conventional grille, but there will be a so-called SmartZone around where a bumper would be – creating an area to house all the safety sensors and driver assistance tech. And the car at Goodwood rolls on giant 21-inch alloy wheels for a purposeful stance, brakes big enough to haul off the speed promised by 872bhp of punch and a large contact patch for grippy handling.

No word yet on performance figures, but with an electric motor at each axle and a stout 664lb ft of combined torque, it’s surely going to be nipping at the heels of supercars. Just silently…

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By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, motoring news magnet