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Polestar 2 gains extra power with $1600 software update

For $1600 you can now give your Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor an extra 50kW and 20Nm, bringing total system outputs to 350kW and 680Nm.

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An over-the-air performance update is now available in Australia for the range-topping Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor.

Priced at $1600, this software upgrade unlocks an additional 50kW and 20Nm, which brings the total system outputs for the Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor to 350kW of power and 680Nm of torque.

This boost in power reduces the 0-100km/h sprint time to 4.4 seconds, or 0.3 seconds faster than the standard car.

Coincidentally this is the exact same time it takes for the comparable Tesla Model 3 Long Range to do the 0-100km/h sprint.

The upgraded Polestar 2 can also go from 80km/h to 120km/h in 2.2 seconds, which is 0.5 seconds quicker than the standard car.

It’s unclear if this extra power and torque affects the range of the Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor. In its standard configuration, Polestar claims it can do up to 480km according to WLTP testing.

This software upgrade can now be purchased online from the Polestar Extras web shop as a software download that’s delivered over-the-air to your eligible Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Range.

The software upgrade has been available in Europe since late November 2021, with more than 1000 people choosing to purchase the update.

“The upgrade highlights how connected technologies can transform the relationship a car company has with its customers,” said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath.

“The driving experience in Polestar 2 is something we are really proud of. It is such a fun car to drive already, but with this upgrade we can offer even more to our customers who might be after a little extra excitement.”

Polestar recently detailed a tweaked 2023 model year update for the Polestar 2 which increases the before on-road pricing by between $3500 and $4000, and adds new alloy wheel options and interior colour options.

Pricing for the 2023 Polestar 2 now starts at $63,900 before on-road costs for the Standard Range Single Motor and extends to $73,400 before on-road costs for the Long Range Dual Motor.

Polestar, which uses a direct-to-consumer sales model, recently detailed a seven-day returns policy as long as the owner hasn’t driven more than 500km. This compliments five years of free servicing and warranty.

The company is also offering financing, underwritten by Allied Credit, and guaranteed future value, which means customers have certainty about the minimum trade-in price for their car after their lease period.

Polestar recently made a spec adjustment to the Polestar 2 due to the semiconductor chip shortage which saw its Pixel LED headlights and cornering lights temporarily removed from the option list.

These were included as part of the optional $5000 Pilot Pack. The pack has now been renamed to Pilot Lite and has had its price reduced to $3400.

Polestar has indicated its next vehicle, the Polestar 3 SUV, is expected to touch down in Australia in 2023.

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Jack Quick is an emerging automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Jack recently graduated from Deakin University and has previously competed in dance nationally. In his spare time, Jack likes to listen to hyperpop and play Forza Horizon.

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