The first Polestar 1 hybrid coupé prototypes are have hit the winter testing routes ahead of the car's release later this year.
Assembled in Gothenburg, Sweden, the development cars are the final stage of the model's testing regime ahead of the car entering production in China later in Spring.
Although we've seen the car in near-production concept form already, these lightly disguised testbeds show the finished car will retain the concept's design. They also show a new electrically retractable rear wing on the car's bootlid.
A total of 34 road-going prototypes have been hand-built for weather testing, on-road appraisal and crash testing to prepare the car for full production and sale to the public.
Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said: “The assembly of the VP [verification prototype] cars means that the Polestar 1 has taken its next step towards production.
"This first batch of 34 cars will enable our engineers to tune the finer details of the car, ensuring that the Polestar 1 is perfect when we start to produce customer cars in the middle of next year.”
Following a debut as the Volvo Concept Coupé at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show and its reinvention in Shanghai late last year as the Polestar 1, the car made its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year.
The 1's online configurator recently went live, allowing customers to choose from a limited number of options, with exterior paint shades spanning metallic and matt shades of black and grey. Polestar has kept the customisation options for the model close to those shown on the concept.
The first model from the newly spun-off performance hybrid and electric vehicle arm of Volvo will cost from €155,000 (about £135,500 at current rates) in Europe when it goes on sale in the middle of 2019, although customers will purchase the car through a monthly subscription.
Polestar said it has revealed the total price to illustrate where the car sits in the marketplace. The total figure makes it around £8000 more expensive than the Tesla Model S P100D.
The 1 spent much of its testing and development time within the Arctic Circle, where its drivetrain, batteries and torque vectoring system were placed under pressure in temperatures as low as -28deg C.
Ingenlath said the torque vectoring system enhanced the 1's cornering responsiveness and accuracy, adding: "This is a driver's car."
The 1 is already available to order for a deposit of €2500 (about £1900). It will initially be sold in 18 countries, including the UK. Most of the markets fall in north, west and southern Europe, but China, the US and Canada are also included.