Polestar 2 BST Edition 270 Echoes Polestar’s Past

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Earlier than Polestar turned Volvo’s all-electric offshoot model, it was the Swedish carmaker’s racing and efficiency division. Maybe in a bid to regain a few of that sporty persona, there is a new limited-production model: the 2023 Polestar 2 BST Version 270. With the dual-motor Polestar 2 as a place to begin, the 270 within the identify refers back to the worldwide manufacturing run. The BST is a nod to its inner “Beast” improvement code.

For the $76,900 beginning worth, the BST is basically a Polestar 2 with the optionally available Pilot, Plus, and Efficiency pack choices. In accordance with Polestar’s on-line configurator, including these choices to a non-BST model takes the worth to $66,400. The BST’s energy output of 469 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque is similar because the Efficiency pack’s, as are the upgraded Brembo brakes. The EV guts are additionally carryovers, with a lithium-ion battery pack that has a 75.0-kWh usable capability and DC fast-charging as much as a 155-kW fee. Vary drops barely although, from an EPA-estimated 260 miles all the way down to 247 miles.

The BST’s worth premium is justified with unique add-ons that embody 21-inch cast wheels with bespoke Pirelli P Zeros, a entrance strut bar, a 1.0-inch decrease journey top, painted physique cladding, and black mirrors. The large information is the inclusion of particular Öhlins dampers which are two-way adjustable up entrance.

To see if these upgrades paid off, we had the chance to wring out the BST on the Bay Space’s Skyline Boulevard—an summary scribble of pavement famed for slicing by the redwoods.

Inside the first few blocks heading out of Burlingame, California, it is clear the BST’s journey high quality is firmer than the usual Polestar 2 with the Efficiency pack. You positively really feel the impacts from ruts within the pavement, however solely massive potholes trigger any actual harshness. The smaller bumps are adequately smoothed over thanks largely to the Öhlins dampers’ dual-flow valving that permits for distinct behaviors for low- and high-speed compression occasions.

It is much like how progressive springs can add some preliminary compliance for consolation and stability whereas additionally having larger resistance when cornering laborious. The distinction is that the Öhlins dampers are extra simply adjustable to fit your tastes. The coil-over spring preloads are additionally manually adjustable with the correct instruments.

Polestar’s Christian Samson, head of product attributes, knowledgeable us that our BST was set to seven on the adjustment scale of 1 to 22, with one being the firmest and 22 the softest. That doubtlessly leaves much more compliance for on a regular basis consolation and a bit extra firmness for a monitor day, although the 127-mph prime pace will restrict how a lot enjoyable you’ll be able to have on the straightaways.

As we discover our technique to Skyline Boulevard, the suspension begins to shine. You’re feeling a robust connection to the BST and the Pirellis’ contact patches with each nudge of the steering wheel, although the steering effort appears too gentle for spirited driving. In typical EV trend, having the batteries beneath the ground masks a variety of the small hatchback’s C/D-estimated 4700-pound curb weight. It is easy to get acclimated to the BST’s dealing with traits, and very quickly we’re pushing tougher and tougher into every consecutive flip. Bigger undulations within the highway could cause some alarming hops, although.

2023 polestar 2 bst edition 270

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There’s loads of energy, and Polestar claims the BST will attain 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, although previous check expertise suggests we’ll greatest that. It does not have the explosive launch of another high-performance EVs, however that is extra of a canyon carver than a drag racer. In a single-pedal drive mode, you may hardly ever have to make use of the brake pedal, however you’ll have to begin slowing sooner than you usually may so as to scrub off sufficient pace. On a number of the more difficult hairpins, we stabbed the brake pedal late and laborious, and there is a good really feel by the soles of your footwear. It is also straightforward to brake on the brink earlier than the ABS kicks in, permitting for smoother path braking.

The Polestar BST is as entertaining and vigorous because the BMW i4, and the shortage of artificial motor noises provides it a extra zen-like expertise. You hear the tires squeal in turns and whimper once you’re laborious on the brakes. They provide an excellent indication of how a lot tougher you’ll be able to drive in a delightfully old-school analog method.

We executed a really refined four-wheel slide in a single bend and had been happy with how intuitive and easy it was to handle. There weren’t any snap releases from adhesion, nor was there any want for any rally-car histrionics by sawing away on the wheel. Like a gold-medal gymnast, it simply caught the touchdown.

Rain started to fall as we neared the shoreline. Regardless of all of the enjoyable we had main as much as that time, the BST was additionally properly mannered on slick roads. Midcorner bumps had been barely acknowledged, and there was nonetheless an abundance of grip to maintain charging with extra aggression than most drivers would contemplate smart.

There is no doubt that the BST is a really completely different beast in comparison with the Polestar 2. It is a hardcore model for the few who’re keen to sacrifice some consolation for cornering excellence. It is nearly as good a dance companion because the i4, and its inside is noticeably nicer than that of a Tesla Mannequin 3.

With most EVs taking the SUV route, there are few sporty options that do not price as a lot as a Porsche Taycan or an Audi e-tron GT. Sadly, should you’re excited about a brand new Polestar 2 BST, you are out of luck as all the 270 examples have been spoken for. And that begs the query of why Polestar greenlighted such a restricted manufacturing run. It appears seemingly that the BST is testing the waters for a extra critical efficiency EV sooner or later.

2023 polestar 2 bst edition 270

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If that finally ends up being realized, we’ll be pacing with nervous anticipation. It is spectacular that the BST is ready to extract a lot extra dealing with prowess from the prevailing Polestar 2 and bodes properly for a purpose-built efficiency model.

Specs

Specs

2023 Polestar 2 BST version 270

Car Sort: front- and mid-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE

Base: $76,900

POWERTRAIN

Entrance Motor: permanent-magnet AC, 235 hp, 251 lb-ft

Rear Motor: permanent-magnet AC, 235 hp, 251 lb-ft

Mixed Energy: 469 hp

Mixed Torque: 502 lb-ft

Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 75.0 kWh

Onboard Charger: 11.0 kW

Peak DC Quick-Cost Fee: 155 kW

Transmissions, F/R: direct-drive/direct-drive

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 107.7 in

Size: 181.3 in

Width: 73.2 in

Peak: 57.0 in

Passenger Quantity: 91 ft3

Cargo Quantity, F/R: 1/14 ft3

Curb Weight (C/D est): 4700 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)

60 mph: 4.0 sec

100 mph: 9.0 sec

1/4-Mile: 12.2 sec

High Pace: 127 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 96/98/91 MPGe

Vary: 247 mi

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