If you just bought a 2023 Polestar 2, hoooo boy are you about to go crazy. The company on Tuesday unveiled some of the, um, many of the updates the upcoming 2024 model year PS2 will sport, including next-gen motors, a host of new standard equipment, a more powerful battery and the SmartZone sensor suite first teased on the Polestar 3 Also, the Single Engine Polestar 2 front-wheel drive – it’s RWD now, as the drifting begins!
The Polestar 2 is now an all-RWD platform for the single-motor variant that arrived in March. It uses newly designed permanent magnet motor and silicon carbide inverter technologies to increase power output from 231 to 299 hp. Torque also drops from 243 lb-ft to 361, bringing it in line with the Tesla Model 3 output, while the 0-60 figure drops more than a full second from the old engine, at 5.9 seconds.
The dual-motor AWD version will see equivalent performance gains – 421 hp and 546 lb-ft, up from 408 hp and 467 lb-ft – as well as improved traction and a 0-60 of 4.3 seconds. Opt for the 2024 Performance Pack and power jumps to 455 horsepower and 0-60 drops to 4.1 seconds. The two-motor version’s powertrain and torque ratios have been geared towards the rear wheel and, when the extra performance of all-wheel drive isn’t needed, the second (front) motor can be disengaged to improve efficiency and range (using the larger 82kWh battery) up to 300 miles, a 10% increase.
The PS2 battery also receives slight chemical changes. It now offers a maximum charge rate of 205 kW while requiring 1.1 tonnes less carbon emissions to produce – now only 5.9 tonnes per battery! Note however that this applies specifically to the Long Range single motor variant, both motors are both stuck with the existing 78kWh packs charging at 155kW.
“The switch from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive in the single-motor variants and the recalibration of the torque ratio in the twin-motor variant for an increased rear-wheel-drive feel, elevates the Polestar 2 driving experience to a any other level. Chassis Development Manager Joakim Rydholm said in a press release. “The updated Polestar 2 is an even more playful and agile car, retaining its compactness and total sense of control, while becoming more mature with increased comfort.”
Next year’s PS2 will be a bit smarter than its predecessor thanks to technology first introduced by its successor, the PS3. Polestar’s SmartZone, mounted in the vehicle’s residual grille, houses an upgraded mid-range radar array and front-facing camera. A number of ADAS systems will also be standard. For example, the Pilot Pack (which includes the 360-degree camera, park assist and adaptive cruise control) will now come standard on the long-range dual-motor PS2, while every trim level will get wireless device charging. And for people who buy the Performance package (Brembo brakes, 20-inch rims, and a performance software upgrade) will get the Plus package (Harmon Kardon stereo, panoramic glass roof, air quality software that looks like to something everyone should get, just like the device charges) at no extra cost. Deliveries are expected to begin later this year and Polestar’s online ordering window is already open.
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