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.
It will make more European appearances before heading to the US and then China, where a special manufacturing facility capable of handling carbonfibre structures is already under construction near Volvo’s existing plant in Chengdu.