Polestar 2 BST Edition 270 revealed – limited-run 469bhp EV

The BST Edition 270 is inspired by last year’s concept, and proof Polestar is all-in for high performance EVs

Polestar has revealed a new limited build high performance variant of its popular 2, featuring more power from its dual-motor setup and some significant chassis and styling upgrades. A total of 270 units will be built – hence the name – with no more than 40 coming to the UK, reaching customers in the last quarter of this year. 

Fundamentally, the Polestar 2 BST Edition 270 shares its technical package with the top-spec Polestar 2 Performance, pairing a dual-motor setup with the larger 78kWh battery. Power is up, though, and quite substantially too at 469bhp – a 72bhp rise – while torque is up 14lb ft to 501lb ft. Polestar hasn’t released performance figures, but you can bank on a subtle improvement on the 4.7sec 0-62mph time and 127mph top speed of the current top-spec car.

Polestar hasn’t just focused on the powertrain, though, with a new suspension setup featuring bespoke 2-way Ohlins dampers that are manually adjustable from under the bonnet via stylised remote reservoirs up front, although you’ll still need to pull back the wheel arch linings to get to the rears. The springs themselves are now 20 per cent stiffer and the ride height has dropped by 25mm, plus there’s a new front strut brace across the front axle. The 4-piston Brembo front brake package is carried across from the current Performance Pack-equipped model. 

Aesthetically, the changes are more subtle, with new 21-inch wheels inspired by those found on the Polestar 1 give the car a more dramatic stance. The lower bumper and sills that are usually finished in matt grey are also now painted in body colour, with the option of two exterior colours, plus a further matt grey wrap available. For those wanting the full Polestar aesthetic, there’s also an optional full-length body stripe. 

The BST Edition 270 was previewed by a prototype concept shown at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, one fondly referred to as the ‘Beast’ by Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath – a name that’s not so subtly referenced by the BST moniker. While Polestar doesn’t plan on making the BST a permanent fixture in the range, this certainly isn’t the beginning and end of its performance EV aspirations, with three new models coming in the next three years, the last being the Porsche Taycan-rivalling Polestar 5

With a new engineering hub now set up in the UK, and a remote engineering team with experience working for some of the UK’s most auspicious supercar and racing car manufacturers, we’re looking forward to seeing the part the team play in the future of Polestar’s ambitions – this BST Edition 270 being the first big test.

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