Polestar is getting in on the downloadable-power-upgrade game, much like Mercedes-Benz recently did (and Tesla has been dabbling in for some time), with an over-the-air update that will add 68 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque to any dual-motor Polestar 2 EV. Of course, this isn’t free—owners need to pony up $1,195 for the upgrade, but Polestar insists this is a one-time charge; it won’t be an annual subscription, as Mercedes is requiring, at least for now. In its announcement, Polestar even gets a dig in on that concept, noting how the OTA delivers “exceptional value without the hassle of a subscription”—shots fired!
Speaking of shots, the extra power should bring extra hole-shot capability to the 2. Polestar says that with the additional 68 hp and 15 lb-ft, the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive 2’s output jumps from 408 hp and 487 lb-ft to 476 hp and 502 lb-ft. This drops Polestar’s claimed zero-to-6o-mph time for the 2 to 4.2 seconds, and the automaker notes that midrange punch is improved, as well, with the 50-to-75-mph acceleration jump dispatched half a second quicker in only 2.2 seconds. Polestar adds that the upgrade won’t impact the 2’s driving range, either.
Adding the power is easy as can be, and given how it’s installed over the air, owners needn’t physically visit a dealership or service center to enjoy it. Owners of eligible Polestar 2s simply input their vehicle’s VIN at www.polestar-shop.com, pay their dues, and wait for their download to begin.
Beyond the extra power, Polestar says the new software also includes a set of door stickers that denote the “updated power information” and a launch control function, which is initiated by pressing both the brake and accelerator pedals at the same time; release the brake, keep your foot in it on the accelerator, and the 2 shoots away. New owners can also add the upgrade to their Polestar 2 orders, if they so please, by selecting the $5,500 Performance package, which also includes Öhlins adjustable dampers, Brembo brakes, and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.
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