Volvo Car Group’ newly-formed Polestar brand has revealed its first car, and it’s impressive. The Polestar 1 is a high-performance electrified sports car that will surely turn some heads.
As Polestar’s halo car, the two-door 2+2 Grand Tourer Coupe boasts a plug-in hybrid powertrain that produces 600 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Its pure-electric driving range of up to 93 miles (150 km) is said to be the longest electric driving range of any plug-in hybrid as of the time of this writing.
The Polestar 1 is built on Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) platform, though half of the components used were created from the ground up by the engineers at Polestar. It’s the first car to employ Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi) and benefits from a dual electric rear axle that allows for precise control over torque application at each wheel.
A carbon fiber body not only reduces weight by 500 pounds (227 kg) and lowers the overall center of gravity, but also increases torsional stiffness by 45 percent. Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar, stated:
“Most electric cars are fast – that’s a product of the attributes of an electric motor. However, for Polestar, performance is far more holistic than just straight-line speed. It’s about acceleration, of course, but it’s also about cornering, braking, suspension control, chassis feedback and steering feel. This is what Polestar calls Progressive Performance.”
The Polestar 1 is slated to arrive in 2019 and will be followed by two other models, the Polestar 2 and Polestar 3. Also scheduled a 2019 release, the Polestar 2 will rival the Tesla Model 3 as the Volvo Car Group’s first fully-electric vehicle.
Don’t expect to the see the Polestar 1 or any Polestar car at a dealership. They will be sold exclusively online and offered on a two- to three-year subscription basis as part of an all-inclusive package that includes pick-up and delivery services and rental options for other vehicles from the Volvo Car Group.
McLaren Senna Is Worthy Of Namesake – Hits 60 In 2.8 Secs, Top Speed Of 211 MPH
McLaren has paid tribute to legendary Formula One race car driver Ayrton Senna with a very special supercar, the appropriately-named McLaren Senna. Billed as the ultimate road-legal track car, the Senna is as intimidating in appearance as it is in performance.
Senna won the Formula 1 World Championship three times in a McLaren. To achieve an experience truly worthy of his name, the car combines a low vehicle weight of just 2,641 pound (1,198 kg), extreme power, lots of downforce and a new track-focused active suspension system to achieve space-warping performance figures.
It tips the scale at only 2,641 pound (1,198 kg), thanks to the use of McLaren’s third-generation carbon-fiber monocoque, and providing motivation for that lighweight body is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 — McLaren’s most powerful engine ever to power a road car — that produces 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. It boasts a massive hydraulically-operated rear wing that helps deliver 1,760 lbs (800 kg) of downforce
This combo allows the McLaren Senna to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, to 124 mph (200 km/h) in just 6.8 seconds, and to a top speed of 211 mph (344 km). Should an owner ever line one up at the dragstrip, it will complete the quarter mile in 9.9 seconds.
Those are stats worthy of the Senna name, won’t you say?
Only 500 units of the McLaren Senna will be made, each with a price tag of around a million dollars. What do you think?
New, 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Sets Lap Record At VIR, Crushes Ford GT
The all-new, 2019 Corvette ZR1 coupe, with its ridiculous performance figures, screams “record-beater,” so it comes as no surprise that it set a production-car lap record on the 4.1-mile Grand Course West at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) with a time of 2:37.25.
VIR is a technical and challenging circuit that’s often dubbed the Nürburgring of America. The previous record-holder, the Ford GT (2:40.02), unseated the Dodge Viper ACR (2:38.62) to become king of the track, a title it didn’t hold on to for long.
The only updates to the record-setting Corvette ZR1 were the addition of a harness bar and track seats with five-point harnesses. Everything else, including the eight-speed automatic transmission and the ZTK Performance Package that adds the adjustable carbon-fiber High Wing, a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning, either come standard or are part of the production car’s options list.
Of course, we would be remiss not to mention what powers the 2019 edition of this beast — a supercharged LT5 6.2L V8 that produces 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft. of torque. Paired with the aforementioned eight-speed, it allows the American supercar to teleport from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in approximately 2.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of over 210 mph (338 km/h)!
Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, stated:
“The Corvette ZR1’s lap record at VIR, arguably America’s most challenging road course, is a testament to its supercar status. On the racetrack, the ZR1 can compete with any supercar — at any price.”
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 coupe starts at $119,995 in the United States, while the ZR1 convertible kicks off at $123,995.
Ford Mustang Bullitt Returns For 2019
The Ford Mustang Bullitt is back! Ford unveiled the latest iteration of its special-edition muscle car at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic movie “Bullitt”.
The Bullit has been an occasional entry in the Mustang lineup since 2001, with all sporting the Dark Highland Green of the original movie car. In the case of the new Mustang Bullitt, that beautiful exterior color (you can also get in ‘Shadow Black’) is set off by a badgeless grille, retro 19-inch gloss black torque thrust wheels, and red brake calipers.
Inside, there are a number of unique touches befitting its status as a special edition vehicle, including a 12-inch digital screen that displays a unique Bullitt welcome graphic of the car rather than the pony and a white cue ball shift knob that pays homage to the original. Just think the equipment you get in a GT Premium but a tad bit cooler.
Power is provided by an upgraded 5.0-liter V8 that produces least 475 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired to a manual transmission, it delivers a top speed of 163 mph, which is an 8 mph increase over the Mustang GT.
Components from the Mustang GT’s Performance Package such as MagneRide suspension and Brembo brakes come standard, as do Recaro seats.
The special-edition 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt goes on sale in summer 2018 with a manual transmission.