• Polestar owners can get a power upgrade delivered directly by over-the-air technology
  • The upgrade increases the performance sedan’s horsepower and torque
  • The $1,595 upgrade includes door stickers to indicate the extra power

Polestar has announced a performance upgrade for North American owners, upping the all-electric Polestar 2 by 68 horsepower to a total of 476 horses. The boost in get-go will be an over-the-air update available to those who own a Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor sedan.

The automaker said it’s the first time it’s applied software tuning to an electric car. Polestar was previously the performance division of Volvo, but has since morphed into a subsidiary that exclusively builds electric performance vehicles — with both Swedish companies now owned by China’s Geely. It currently offers the Polestar 2 sedan and upcoming Polestar 3 SUV.

The catch? Those extra horses will cost you $1,595, although Polestar says it’s a permanent upgrade and not a subscription. The Polestar 2 starts at $53,950 with a single motor and front-wheel drive, while the dual-motor AWD version — the one that can get the upgrade — begins at $58,950. The dual-motor version has a range of up to 418 kilometres.

The upgrade builds on the car’s existing 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque, upping it to 476 horsepower and 502 lb-ft. Getting to 100 km/h from a standstill will take 4.42 seconds, although Polestar said “the additional power and torque are primarily felt at speeds between 70 and 130 km/h, resulting in even, rapid mid-range acceleration.”

Getting from 80 to 120 km/h takes 2.2 seconds, a half-second quicker than in a car without the power boost. The upgrade also includes a launch control feature, which lets the driver press the accelerator and brake simultaneously, building torque for maximum power at takeoff – as well as stickers to put on your door, so everyone else knows you’ve got the performance upgrade.

“This upgrade highlights how connected technologies can transform the relationship a car company has with its customers,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar’s CEO. “It is such a fun car to drive already, but with this upgrade we can offer even more to our customers who might be after a little extra excitement.”

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