Geely’s Volvo-offshoot, EV premium brand Polestar is about to undergo a rather hectic expansion. In another 18 months, when the Polestar 3, 4 and 5 are all on sale, it should look like a much more fully formed car brand than it has so far. But will it also still look like a natural home for keener drivers who have already made the switch to electric motoring?
This week’s road test subject is a stake in the ground for the brand on that score. The Polestar 2 BST Edition 270 is an extra-special performance version of what we might now consider the ‘pre-facelift’ 2 crossover hatchback. It counts the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and Kia EV6 GT as its nearest rivals, but the philosophy behind it is tellingly different and might even resonate better with more traditional performance car buyers.
In 2021, Polestar showed off a prototype 2 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed designed to explore the outer limits of the 2’s potential as an out-and-out driver’s car. The Polestar 2 Experimental used widely (and quite exotically) upgraded chassis, suspension and braking systems – and it clearly generated enough interest to inspire a limited-run production version, which is what the BST Edition 270 is.
Just 40 of these will come to the UK. Polestar decided to effectively extend the car’s availability by proxy recently by announcing the BST Edition 230 (ostensibly the same car with different colour and trim options) but even fewer of those will be offered.