After a ‘Digital Key’ update in May 2021, Polestar has released another Over-the-Air (OTA) update for the Polestar 2, which this time is gonna bump the horsepower and torque figures quite significantly on the dual-motor AWD variant. Those who attended this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, already know exactly what I’m talking about.
Speaking on which, the prototype Polestar 2 at Goodwood boasted 350 kW (476 metric hp), 10 mm wider tracks, extended wheel arches to accommodate 21-inch wheels, and stiffer springs (stiffened by 80% at the front and 40% at the rear). Also, the adjustable Öhlins DFV (dual flow valve) dampers were upgraded to track-focused Öhlins three-way performance dampers which are approximately 30% stiffer. In addition to the wheels, the Pirelli PZero Rosso performance tyres (275/30) and 6-piston Akebono front brakes were also borrowed from the Polestar 1.
Of course, all this cannot be added OTA to the series-production road versions, but what the update adds is an additional 50 kW and 20 Nm, bringing the total to 350 kW (476 metric hp) and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft). However, the additional power and torque are available as a ‘boost’ between 70 and 130 km/h (43-81 mph), resulting in even more rapid acceleration in the mid-range. Accelerating from 80 to 120 km/h (50-75 mph) takes 2.2 seconds, half a second quicker than in the standard car, claims Polestar. A 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint now happens in 4.4 seconds—0.3 seconds quicker.
As mentioned, the OTA software update is available for the dual-motor AWD variant—only in select markets in Europe, since late November 2021.