On the first episode of Quick Spin, Wesley Wren talks with West Coast Editor Mark Vaughn about the first effort from Polestar. Aptly named Polestar 1, it oozes style and shows that Polestar — the offshoot of Volvo — isn’t pulling any punches. Vaughn puts the Polestar 1 through its paces in the canyons of California.
Powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four force-fed by way of a supercharger and a turbocharger and joined by a pair of electric motors, this Polestar sends 619 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque to the wheels. You’ll ride around in this powerful Polestar as Vaughn reviews the car and experience a well-seasoned car writer doing his job in real time.
Originally shown as a concept in 2013, the show car was left largely unchanged as it became a production-ready road car. That makes Polestar 1 a dream car turned into a road warrior — and gives Wren and Vaughn plenty to discuss.
Does the stylish coupe live up to the grand touring standard of, say, Aston Martin, or does the Polestar 1 miss the mark? Tune in below, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or anywhere podcasts are played to find out.