The Polestar O2 EV Is A Modern Lancia Stratos

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The Polestar O2 EV Is A Modern Lancia Stratos

When I see all these new cars and EVs coming out it really makes me question if I should get back in the corporate world and apply for a job as a car designer because I just love the creativity, the proportions and designs we see these days. It’s like the joy and excitement has returned to the car design profession and this, the Polestar O2 is just another example of that. 

I can’t wait to share my views on this design but first, let’s have a look at some of the spec and tech.

The Polestar O2 Concept is based on the new aluminum platform that will be used by the Polestar 5 sedan, which hopefully means it could make production.

Polestar is dropping a bunch of new EVs in the coming years with the Polestar 3 SUV coming later this year, the crossover Polestar 4 coming in 2023 and the Polestar 5 sedan coming in 2024 as a serious Porsche Taycan competitor. 

And now, there’s the Polestar O2 concept which could hopefully be the first all-electric production roadster. And would you just look at this design, it’s an absolute beauty. Not in the Italian sense or emotional proportions and lines, but in a clean cut, Swedish, almost product design sense.

No specs for the car were released, but the construction of the production ready aluminum platform is one you could only find in exotic sports cars a few years back. That, in combination with these Lancia Stratos proportions should make this one hell of a car to drive. I can’t wait to talk more about this design later in the video.

As mentioned, this is a full-on convertible with a folding hardtop that stows under the rear deck and there’s even space for a decent sized back seat. In my opinion, it looks just as good with the roof up as it does with it down, something that’s rarely true for any convertible.

The O2's interior very similar to the one you find in the Precept. There’s a large central touchscreen floating in front of the dashboard and all soft material inside is made from recycled polyester.

This is still a concept and that means we do have a couple fun gimmicks such as the integrated drone that sits on  the rear deck. It can take off at speeds up to 56 mph thanks to an automatic aerofoil that comes up to prevent wind buffeting and then it will autonomously follow the car and film it for you to share in your Instagram reel. What a time to be alive. 

With the gorgeous Polestar 1 seeing its production cycle coming to an end this opens up for the Polestar O2 to enter production pretty soon. And since it’s based on the same high performance platform as the production Polestar 5, chances are we’ll see this beauty out on the streets sooner than we might think. 

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