Plenty of colors and options make for a sweet Polestar 1

The Polestar 1 is arguably one of the most highly anticipated cars in the business today. The performance coupe checks a lot of boxes on what you want out of the first offering from Volvo’s former performance division. Needless to say, the Polestar 1 has our attention. That much was clear when the coupe’s online configurator went live. We couldn’t wait to play around with it, and when we got the chance to do it, well, this happened.

Polestar 1 Online Configurator - How We Spec'd It
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There aren’t that many choices to choose — the options are different versions of white, grey, or black

The first order of business is to pick the color of the Polestar 1. There aren’t that many choices to choose — the options are different versions of white, grey, or black — so I opted for Osmium Matte because of the different finish it has relative to the other items on the list. Once that was done, I was made to choose the finish on the wheels, and while popular convention dictated that I choose the diamond cut finish to make for a good contrast with the body color, I opted to steer away from the skid and choose the matte black finish to give the Polestar 1 a more consistent look. I also kept that in mind when choosing between a glossy black or chrome trim for my coupé. I’m generally a fan of chrome trim, but not for what I’m trying to create here. So I chose glossy black with the intention of keeping my Polestar 1 as stealthy looking as I can.

From there, I was led into the interior where I was given a choice between two different colors for my seats: charcoal or zinc. Since the interior of the coupe is already charcoal, I didn’t see the point of breaking the overall theme of my creation. As cool as the zinc seats looked with the gold seatbelt, I found myself gravitating more towards the charcoal seats because they provided the aesthetic consistency that I was looking for. Once I made my choice, I ended up finding out that I was done.

Polestar 1 Online Configurator - How We Spec'd It
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The Polestar 1’s online configurator is arguably one of the most straightforward configurators you’ll ever see

The Polestar 1’s online configurator is arguably one of the most straightforward configurators you’ll ever see. It asks you pick a body color, a wheel design and finish, scattered bits of trim, and interior seats. That was the extent of it, which was a bit surprising considering that I expected more out of it.

But I can’t be too mad because the Polestar 1 I configured looks positively stunning. It’s probably one of my most favorite creations since I first went stir crazy on all of these online configurators.

It also doesn’t hurt that the model I worked on also has a hybrid powertrain made up of a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine that works in concert with a 34 kWh batteries and a pair of electric motors on the rear axle to produce a total output of 600 horsepower and around 516 pound-feet of torque. It only has an electric range of 93 miles, but that should be more than enough for me to go where I need to go without worrying about depleting it.

Polestar 1 Online Configurator - How We Spec'd It
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The Polestar 1 is expected to arrive by next year, though Polestar has said that it’s capping production to just 1,500 units, distributed evenly in the course of three years.

Curiously, there were no price quotes attached to my creation. That’s probably due to the configurator not offering the full list of options and accessories that will be available to the coupé once it officially hits the market. I did wonder if everything I did in the configurator covered all the personalization options available to the coupé. I don’t think it is because there should be more options to choose from once the coupé officially hits the market.

As it stands, the Polestar 1 is priced at $155,000, and if I’m interested in bringing my creation to life, I’m going to need to make an online pre-order and pay a deposit of $2,500. The Polestar 1 is expected to arrive by next year, though Polestar has said that it’s capping production to just 1,500 units, distributed evenly in the course of three years. That means that only 500 units of the coupé will be made available per year.

Further reading

Polestar 1

2018 Polestar 1
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2018 Polestar 1

Read our full review on the 2018 Polestar 1.

Source: Polestar

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