Cars That We Can’t Wait to See in 2019
What does the future behold? There are countless future classics ready to slide out from under the sheets of which they’ve been covered, and it’s all set to happen in 2019. There will be new EVs, new muscle cars, and a complete evolution of luxury cars. One of America’s most loved sports cars, the Chevy Corvette, is set move into a mid-engine configuration - something that’s been in the works for decades. With that said, we have a lot to be excited for, and this is a list of the models that we just can’t wait any longer for.
Watch the Carbon Fiber Polestar 1 Smash Into a Wall
Carbon fiber is a wonderful material. Offering both high strength and low weight, carbon fiber combines two characteristics seemingly at odds with one another to form a very desirable end product, something which is particularly valuable in an automotive application. After all, cars need to be strong in a crash, but lightweight to cover performance and efficiency. As such, we see the big makes utilizing carbon fiber across multiple segments. Now, Polestar (Volvo’s performance offshoot brand) is putting the value of carbon fiber on full display with this official crash test video of its latest Polestar 1 performance coupe.
Wouldn’t you like to know just how much weight a car would save if it had all carbon fiber body panels instead of steel? It seems that Polestar has the answer. When designing their gorgeous Polestar 1, the Swedish company, which is now a stand-alone brand next to Volvo, made extensive use of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer, saving 507 pounds of weight.
The Polestar 1 Finally Has a Confirmed Price Tag of $155,000
Polestar has finally put a figure on the Polestar 1. Volvo’s new performance sub-brand has listed the Polestar 1 with a price tag of $155,000 in the U.S. The car will also sell for €155,000 in Europe. Those who are interested in the car will have to deposit $2,500 or €2,500 to secure a spot on the company’s reservation list. Pre-orders are now open for the Polestar in 18 different countries, including a number of European nations, China, and North America.
The Polestar 1 is a 600-horsepower, slightly revamped version of a coupe concept that Volvo released back in 2013. Yeah. Polestar and Volvo really were that lazy, but that’s water under the bridge. What matters now is that the Polestar 1 is a real vehicle and it’s a mean one at that. To give you an idea of just how anal Polestar is when it comes to tuning and ride characteristics, it has released a video of the Polestar 1 getting it in on the snow and ice. Apparently, Polestar tried out 20 different sway bars (10 front and 10 rear) to determine which one was just right. Apparently, the car was completely void of any driver assistance features as well. Anyway, check out the short video and let us know what you think!
Polestar May Increase Production Figures to Satisfy Demand for the Polestar 1
The Polestar 1 is turning out to be a more popular model than even Polestar anticipated. Volvo’s new performance brand initially planned to produce a limited run of 1,500 units, spread out at 500 units per year. But, with consumer demand skyrocketing, Polestar is now considering increasing the car’s supply to at least accommodate the rising demand. In the meantime, Polestar is scheduled to begin taking €2,500 ($3,000) deposits for the sedan next week.
Polestar 1 Order Books Open Next Year; Dealerships to Follow
Polestar is now one step closer to bringing the 600-horsepower plug-in hybrid Polestar 1 to the road. A few months after accepting registrations of interest in the car, Volvo’s new performance subsidiary is now preparing to officially open the order books for the sports coupe sometime in early 2018.
2019 Polestar 1 Convertible
The debut of the Polestar 1 turned a lot of heads for the right reasons. It was as impressive a first offering for Volvo’s newly-minted performance stand-alone brand, and like most cars with a lot of anticipation surrounding them, the thought of different body styles for the Polestar 1 has begun to take shape. We’ve already seen renders for a shooting brake-style Polestar 1, but what I’m really looking forward to seeing - if it ends up getting here - is a convertible version. There’s no guarantee that Polestar is going to appease our calls for one, but I think it’s a good idea, in large part because we haven’t seen a convertible from the Swedish automaker since the C70 ended production in 2013.
Ok, so it’s only been four years, but a lot has happened in those four years, especially as it pertains to Volvo. Back then, the company had only been a few years into being under Geely ownership, so it was still in the process of reinventing itself. Fast forward to 2017 and Volvo is in much better shape now to the point that its former performance division, Polestar, has been turned into a stand-alone performance brand with one model - the Polestar One - that’s already on the way. There’s no guarantee that a convertible will follow after because the company has already laid out plans for its second (a Tesla Model 3 rival) and third (an electric SUV) models. Fingers crossed we see one in the future, though, because the way the Polestar 1 looks right now, it would be very interesting to see if it somehow lost its hardtop and got a soft one instead.
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The Polestar 1: A Repurposed Volvo Concept from 2013
It hasn’t been a month since Polestar quit being a performance tuner for Volvo and branched off as its own “performance car company.” Now, this is good news for a number of reasons, with the most important being that the company can make its own cars, completely independent of anything Volvo is offering. But, that’s also where the problem arises, as the companies first stand-alone car is expensive and lazy, at best. Word that Polestar was on its own filled me joy. Just thinking about what Polestar, without limitations, could do with its new-found independence was enough to give any self-respecting man a stiffy. Yet, three weeks later and Polestar gives us the biggest disappointment since Michael Jordan’s second comeback.
Of course, auto show season is on the horizon, so I can understand the want to rush the first model out the door in time for SEMA or even the L.A. Auto Show, but this thing is pretty much a two-door Volvo S90. In fact, it’s almost like Volvo was planning a two-door S90, decided to scrap the idea, and the polestar engineer in the next studio over dug through the trash and found the disc with the AutoCAD file on it. Oh, wait… they did…..Volvo called it the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe…
So, what did Polestar do to make this car their own? Well, let’s go take a look.
Polestar 1: Expensive and Seemingly Difficult to Obtain
The Polestar 1 sports coupe is getting plenty of headlines, and justifiably so. As the first model to be offered under the newly-minted sub-brand, the 1 has captivated the industry, largely due to how good the 2+2 gran tourer looks at first glance. Now it appears that the 1 isn’t just a looker; it’s also going to be a thorn in the side of bank accounts as it’s been reported that the coupe will cost in the neighborhood of €130,000 to €150,000. Do the math, and that converts to around $154,000 to $178,000. Welp.
Adding to the curiosity is the purchase process behind the 1. Apparently, owning the sports coupe isn’t as simple as buying it outright. According to Volvo spokesman Johan Meissner, all Polestar cars, including the 1 sports coupe, “will be offered on a comprehensive subscription basis that will cover depreciation, insurance, and routine maintenance.” In simplest terms, Polestar could be utilizing Volvo’s “Care by Volvo” subscription service instead of simply selling the 1 sports coupe outright. Meissner did add that for “competitor comparative reasons,” the indicative target price of the 1 would sit in the aforementioned price range. At this point, there’s still no specific roadmap on how Polestar plans to sell the 1, but based on the word on the street, it looks like would-be customers will have to at least subscribe to Care by Volvo to get the inside track on going home with one.
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