Polestar 2’s 68-horsepower power upgrade is $1,195

Polestar announced a round of updates to the Polestar 2 for the 2023 model year in May.

Updates included an available power upgrade for the Long Range Dual Motor class, increasing power by 68 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque, bringing the new totals to 476 hp and 502 lb-ft.

Polestar announced Tuesday that the power upgrade, which will be installed via an over-the-air update, will cost $1,195, bringing the total price of a Polestar 2 with the upgrade to $54,495, including one Destination fee of $1,400. The Swedish power brand also said the cost is a one-off payment, as opposed to an “expense” like a subscription – a reference to Mercedes-Benz’s recent decision to offer some of its electric vehicles a performance upgrade via a $1,200 annual subscription. to offer dollars.

The extra horsepower means the Polestar 2 will hit 60mph from a standstill in 4.2 seconds, instead of 4.5 seconds. Polestar said mid-range acceleration gets a boost too, with acceleration from 50 to 75 mph taking 2.2 seconds, or 0.5 seconds faster than standard.

For buyers looking for more performance in their Polestar 2, the compact electric hatch can also be outfitted with a Performance Pack that adds key chassis modifications such as Ohlins dampers and upgraded wheels, tires and brakes. The Performance Pack costs $5,500.

The Polestar 2 arrived for 2021 and saw a single-motor class added to the lineup for 2022. Taking a leaf out of Tesla’s playbook, Polestar plans to offer continuous updates to its lineup, with changes to the 2023 Polestar 2 including new design options and more range on some grades. Major changes are in the pipeline as recent sighting of a cloaked prototype suggests some styling upgrades are in the pipeline, possibly for 2024.

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