The Polestar O2 Concept Convertible Is Headed to Production

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Photo credit: Polestar
Photo credit: Polestar

The Polestar O2 concept is yet another stunner from the Swedish brand. It's an open-top 2+2 grand tourer that doesn't look like anything else out there. Convertibles and GT cars aren't too popular these days, yet Polestar is taking a risk and putting the O2 in production. The company announced Tuesday that the hard-top convertible will enter production in 2026 as the Polestar 6.

Like the upcoming Polestar 5—previewed by the Precept concept—the 6 will ride on a Lotus-esque bonded aluminum spaceframe. It will also share that car's 800-volt architecture and dual-motor drivetrain, which puts out 884 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. Polestar is aiming for a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a 155-mph top speed.

By most standards, that 0-60 time is brutal, yet in the world of high-performance EVs, everyone seems to be racing to break the two-second barrier. "We are about more than just straight-line sprints," Polestar design head Maximilian Missoni told Road & Track at the May premiere of the O2. "It's when you turn the steering wheel that the true fun begins."

The Polestar 5 and 6 are largely being developed by a team in the U.K. "The U.K. is a place that definitely has incredible expertise, talent, and of course, history in great car engineering," Polestar head Thomas Ingenlath told R&T in December 2021. "And that is a very creative source for us. For me, one of the most joyful things is to work with these engineers, especially when it comes to cars like this. That type of sports-cars engineering—lightweight, aluminum—that is a great history and tradition we can tap into."

The first 500 examples will have the same "Sky" blue exterior paintwork, light interior trim, and 21-inch wheels as the O2 concept. Polestar has creatively named this the "LA Concept edition."

Soon, Polestar will launch its Porsche Cayenne-rivaling 3 SUV, and in 2023, it'll be followed by the smaller 4 SUV. The Polestar 5 will arrive in 2024. If you're interested in a Polestar 6, the company is taking reservations for build slots now.

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