Polestar 5 (2025): Volvo’s attack on the Taycan

Polestar 5 (2025): Volvo’s attack on the Taycan


Volvo’s offshoot expands its model range with a four-door GT. The Polestar 5 is targeting Tesla’s Model S or Porsche’s Taycan. The first photos show the production model created from the Concept Car Precept, the extra powerful, self-developed electric motors, a bonded aluminum chassis and how the Taycan should have two speeds and 800 volts.

With the Polestar Precept, the Volvo subsidiary presented a study in early 2020 whose proportions and dimensions are reminiscent of the Taycan. Chief designer Maximilian Missoni has confirmed to Edison magazine that the new Polestar 3 SUV, as well as a Polestar 5, will bring some design cues from the Precept concept car into series production. It is now clear that the Polestar 5 as a production car (market launch 2025) will even be very similar to the Precept concept car. A photo from Polestar’s new development center in the UK had already shown the car without the bodywork on the flat front. Even then, the Polestar 5 could be identified as a large four-door car with a flat GT rear. Later, the Volvo subsidiary previewed the “quasi-production model”.


Bonded aluminum frame as base

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The Polestar 5 receives the first dedicated Polestar chassis.

According to its boss Pete Allen, the production car, whose development the new R&D site in England is to promote, is the model of the requirement that the brand pursues in terms of design, technology and durability. The production car will be an important step on Polestar’s journey towards climate neutrality. The Polestar 5 relies on a bonded, self-supporting aluminum chassis that is said to be significantly more torsion-resistant and lighter than conventional chassis constructions. The Volvo offshoot says Polestar’s first proprietary platform is engineered with greater torsional rigidity than a traditional two-seater sports car or supercar.


Presentation: Polestar 2

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So far, all Polestar studies have only come close to series production with small concessions. As a result, at the end of 2024 we could see an all-wheel drive GT about five meters long and with a wheelbase of 3.10 meters.


Over 100 kWh battery capacity, over 800 hp

As is often the case with Polestar, opposite doors without a B-pillar are not part of the series, as shown in the pictures of the chassis with a clearly recognizable B-pillar. Despite the low profile, the battery is housed in the lower section of the Polestar 5. Polestar’s US boss Gregor Hembrough told Green Car Reports it should be able to be charged to 80% in 20 minutes with a capacity of 103 kWh. Polestar is currently developing it at its UK development center with Volvo and Lotus, where the battery is also used. The former Volvo USA boss says Polestar wants to become a competitor to Porsche and the Polestar 3 would technically have nothing to do with the Polestar 2. Appropriately, the new battery should work like the battery in the Porsche Taycan with 800 volts, but should also be able to handle fast charging at 400 volts and also work bi-directionally and be able to deliver up to 20 kW.



Hembrough meant nothing about cell chemistry, but drive technology. According to Hembrough, the engines should also send their power to a 2-speed gearbox like in the Taycan, but can be decoupled to gain efficiency. The machines themselves are said to be an in-house development of Polestar in Sweden. The new electric motor, codenamed P10, is said to be 1.5 times more powerful than that of the Porsche Taycan. According to the Polestar manager, the target is 475 kW (a good 600 hp). The unit should only measure 36 x 50 x 64 centimeters. According to Hembrough, the engines are not shared with sister brands Geely, Volvo and Lotus. With an additional motor on the front axle, the top model of the Polestar 5 would have a system output of 650 kW, or 884 hp in the old currency.



The new battery and complex drive components are to be housed in a new aluminum space frame architecture, which Polestar is developing for the Polestar 5 from scratch. According to Hembrough, Volvo and Lotus should also not have access to the new platform. However, Lotus will probably help with chassis tuning. According to Hembrough, the Polestar 3 will be based on Volvo’s SPA2 architecture, which the successor to the XC90 also uses. Polestar will take orders of the Polestar 3 all-electric coupé SUV from mid-2022, with first deliveries to customers in 2023, and the Polestar 5 which will debut in 2024 and roll off the assembly line in 2025.


The American boss of Polestar made no statement on the interior. But there, the concept of operation with an eye-tracking sensor could be mass-produced. It captures the driver’s eye and controls the content of the various screens accordingly. In addition, numerous sensors provide the infotainment system with data on the course of the road, the weather and the traffic situation.


With the Polestar 5, the subsidiary of Volvo subsidiary Geely presents its fourth model. It all started with the 609hp Polestar 1 two-door hybrid sports car, followed in 2020 by the five-door pure-electric Polestar 2 hatchback with up to 476hp. Another all-electric SUV (coupé), of course, the Polestar 4, will be launched in 2024. With the thus expanded model range, Polestar aims to increase sales tenfold from the current 29,000 cars to 290,000 by 2025.


Conclusion

Polestar is breaking away from parent brand Volvo, which is increasingly focusing on SUVs and no longer has any truly sporty or at least dynamically shaped models in its lineup. With the 4th model, the production version of the great Precept GT study, Polestar is taking on Tesla and Porsche, but could also compete with a Mercedes EQS or the Lucid Air. Added to this is apparently sophisticated technology with 800 volts and a 2-speed gearbox like in the Taycan from Porsche.



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