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New Polestar 2 driver-focused special edition with 469bhp revealed

As the name BST edition 270 suggests, just 270 examples of the tuned Polestar 2 will be produced, priced from £68,900

If the regular Polestar 2 wasn’t fast enough for you, the Swedish electric carmaker has revealed a more driver-focused version of its answer to the Tesla Model 3 and BMW i4. It’s called the BST edition 270 – essentially the production version of an experimental concept we first saw at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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According to the brand's CEO, Thomas Ingenlath, the response to the modified Polestar 2 motivated the special edition’s creation. It has the same 469bhp and 650Nm of torque dual-motor setup as the top-of-the-range Polestar 2 when fitted with the performance pack; enough to go from 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds.

A range figure for the BST edition 270 has yet to be confirmed, but we expect it'll be able to cover a little less than 300 miles with its 78kWh battery fully charged.

What Polestar has done is modified the electric saloon’s suspension, lowering the ride height by 25mm, fitting 20% stiffer springs, a front strut brace and two-way adjustable Ohlins dampers specifically developed for the driver-focused EV. It also gets 21-inch matte black alloy wheels taken from the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid performance coupe, and bespoke Pirelli tyres.

The special edition Polestar 2 also gets some styling tweaks, including body coloured front bumper and side skirts, and gloss black side mirrors. It also features gold brake callipers, seatbelts, valve caps and dampers. Customers can choose between Snow white and Thunder grey paint, with the option of a matte black body stripe (£1,000) or full-body Battleship Grey satin wrap (£5,000).

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The limited edition model also comes with a panoramic glass roof, Harman Kardon sound system, Pixel LED headlights and 360-degree camera setup thanks to the additional of the Plus and Pilot packs that are optional on the regular Polestar 2.

Prices for the BST edition 270 start from £68,900, with potential buyers able to register their interest on Polestar’s website now. Production of the 270 examples will begin soon, before first deliveries begin towards the end of the year.

Experimental high-performance Polestar 2

An experimental high-performance version of the Polestar 2 was first unveiled in 2021 to drive up the famous hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Power was boosted from 402bhp to 469bhp, along with wheel, brake and suspension tweaks for a more aggressive look and improved handling.

Key aspects of the upgrades made to the car include a 10mm wider track each side and a 30mm drop in ride height. The six-piston Akebono brakes used for the plug-in hybrid Polestar 1 coupe have been fitted, and this has necessitated an alloy-wheel upgrade to 21 inches. The wheel arches in turn have also been widened.

Stiffer springs (80% greater at the front and 40% greater at the rear), three-way performance dampers from Swedish company Öhlins and carbon-fibre front and rear suspension strut bars, combined with the aforementioned software-based power increase, complete the upgrades.

Finishing touches on the outside comprise updated front and rear bumpers, a racing stripe, a colour-coded front grille and glossy black mirrors. The bumpers and side skirts feature an additional colour-coded design accent, while the wheels have both glossy and matte black surfaces.

Development of the prototype was prompted by Polestar‘s top boss, who said: "I challenged the design and engineering teams to play with [the] Polestar 2 and come up with something that makes a strong statement… We want to flex our muscles and explore opportunities."

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Welcome one and all, I’m Ellis the news reporter on Auto Express, the brand’s former online reviews editor and contributor to DrivingElectric. I’m proud to say I cut my teeth reporting and reviewing all things EV as the content editor on DrivingElectric. I joined the team while completing my master’s degree in automotive journalism at Coventry University and since then I’ve driven just about every electric car and hybrid I could get my hands on.

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