Polestar, Volvo’s performance electric car brand, has just teased the production version of their Polestar Precept concept that was first shown in 2020. Being a grand tourer (GT), the Precept will compete against the king of the segment- the Porsche Taycan and joined by the new Audi e-tron GT, Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 and Tesla Model S.
The image was taken at Polestar’s latest research and development hub in the UK that has doubled its workforce amid a challenging industry landscape. Located in MIRA Technology Park, the heart of the UK’s Motorsport Valley, the facility allows easy access to a top-class automotive engineering talent pool that has diverse expertise rarely seen within traditional automakers.
Apart from a large multi-layout proving ground, the MIRA (Motor Industry Research Association) Technology Park houses a multitude of engineering services and testing laboratories to cover all aspects of automotive design and engineering.
The UK R&D team will focus on the latest Polestar Precept grand tourer that is said to be production-ready before the middle of the decade.
“Precept is a statement of intent for the brand in terms of design, technology and sustainability,” says Head of Polestar UK R&D, Pete Allen. “The production car will take an important step on the journey towards climate neutrality, and ours will be the team that delivers that.”
When compared to the concept car, the pre-production Precept in black seems to have a regular central pillar (or B-pillar) with its rear doors hinged here rather than a suicide-style. The roof is also covered, perhaps to conceal the LiDAR scanning module that is styled to be integrated with the overall design of the vehicle.
The Polestar Precept GT is the fourth model in the line-up, after the Polestar 1 low-volume electric performance hybrid coupe with 609 hp/1,000 Nm and an electric-only range of 124 km – the longest of any hybrid car in the world.
The Polestar 2 fastback that targets a more mass appeal is offered in three variants with a combination of standard- and long-range batteries up to 540 km range, and dual- and single motor powertrains with as much as 408 hp and 660 Nm.
Polestar is scheduled to launch the Polestar 3 performance electric SUV that will be built in the USA next year. Apart from expanding its product line-up, Polestar is also opening more dedicated retail centres in Asia Pacific.