The Polestar 2 may come from a relatively new automaker but ever since it hit the market in 2020, it has received rave reviews and is generally considered as a legitimate rival to the Tesla Model 3. We’re currently putting one through its paces and want you to ask any questions you may have about the EV.
Polestar only started Australian deliveries of the 2 in March this year, selling it in Standard Range Single Motor, Long Range Single Motor, and Long Range Dual Motor configurations. The example we are testing is the flagship Long Range Dual Motor, priced from AU$69,900 ($50,305).
Our test vehicle is also fitted with the optional AU$8,000 ($5,425) Performance package. This pack adds 20-inch forged alloy wheels with sticky Continental SportContact 6 tires, massive Brembo four-piston front brake calipers with drilled ventilated discs, Ohlins Dual Valve adjustable shock absorbers, the ‘Dynamic Chassis’, gold valve caps, and gold seat belts both front and rear.
With all the options and including on-road fees, a Polestar 2 like this will set back Australian customers AU$88,959 ($60,327). That means it undercuts a Tesla Model 3 Performance, which starts at AU$100,851 ($68,391) including on-road fees, quite significantly. Indeed, the Model 3 Long Range is a better match for the Polestar 2 we’re testing, priced from AU$86,133 ($58,410) drive away.
Our test car was recently equipped with the performance-oriented software update announced earlier this year. This upgrade has added 50 kW (67 hp) and 20 Nm (14 lb-ft) of torque, meaning it is now good for 350 kW (476 hp) and 502 lb-ft (680 Nm). That gives it a power advantage over the Model 3 Performance with its 340 kW (450 hp) and 439 lb-ft (639 Nm) and allows it to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds.