Polestar 5 to have Porsche-bashing 872bhp motors and 800v charging

Tom Barnard


Polestar has revealed more technical details of its new 5 ahead of its first public appearance – as a prototype – at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed. 

The big headline number is a ‘target’ power output of 872bhp. That’s twice as much as supercars such as the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and comfortably higher than the Tesla Model 3 Performance’s 505bhp and even the Porsche Taycan Turbo S’ 751bhp. 

The Polestar 5 is an all-electric 4-door GT with what the company calls “proper sports car credentials”, and the production evolution of the Precept concept car first shown in 2020. 

Pete Allen, Head of Polestar UK R&D, says: “Polestar 5 is shaping up to be a superb 4-door GT and a true Polestar at heart. The platform combines low-volume performance car attributes with modern technological advances to bring light-weight, high-rigidity sports car chassis technology into mass production.” 

The UK team has taken the opportunity of working with a new mechanical platform to design and develop a unique bonded aluminium chassis, a prime factor in the car's dynamic performance as it is lighter and stiffer than conventional steel frames.

In Sweden, development of a new electric powertrain is ongoing. The complete dual motor powertrain along with an 800-Volt architecture aims to deliver 650 kW (872bhp) and 900 Nm of torque.Jörg Brandscheid, Polestar’s CTO and Head of R&D, says: “The new powertrain we are working on will set a new brand benchmark in our high-performing cars. Combining strong electric motor engineering ability with advances in light-weight platform technology is leading to truly stunning driver’s cars.”

Polestar Precept electric concept car The 5 is the production version of the Precept concept car

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