Polestar 2 BST Edition 270 Gives Electric Car A Wild Performance Upgrade

Polestar, the Swedish brand behind the attractive Polestar 2 electric vehicle, is back with a limited-edition variant of that model, one equipped with some key enhancements for an overall improved experience. The automaker earned its reputation with the Polestar 1 — a luxury high-performing hybrid — and later shook the EV sector with its zero-emission vision for EV production processes. In early 2022, it again surprised everyone with the Polestar O₂, its roadster concept, and in March it finally brought the more affordable single-engine Polestar 2 to the U.S. market. Now the brand has a new project: the Polestar 2 BST Edition 270.

In July 2021, Polestar tested an adapted and more powerful version of the Polestar 2 during the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Engineers used components from the Polestar 1 coupe to get 476 horsepower on the new vehicle. "We had a great reaction to the specially modified Polestar 2 we showed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2021 and the response made it clear, that we should create a version like that for production," Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, said in a press release. According to the automaker, the new Polestar 2 BST Edition 270 is the most dynamic EV it has ever produced, and only 270 units will be built. The limited-edition model will be available for purchase in North America, Europe, and China, with up to 47 units reserved for the U.S. market.

What makes the Polestar 2 BST Edition 270

Polestar will begin production of the BST Edition 270 in mid-2022, and deliveries are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of the year. The BST Edition 270 will be available in Thunder and Snow colors paired with a Charcoal WeaveTech interior, and Polestar notes that buyers will also have the option of getting the model with a Battleship Gray full-body satin wrap. Fully painted bumpers, side skirts, and optional matte black body stripes give the car a sporty race look.

The two electric motors and the 78kWh batteries of the Polestar 2 were enhanced to increase horsepower, torque, and responsiveness in the new BST version, plus the chassis has been modified. The automaker lowered the ride height by around 1 inch, added adjustable dampers with adjustment champers under the hood, and integrated a front strut bar to add structure to the car. The springs are also adjusted with 20% more rigidity, while 21-inch alloy wheels similar to the ones used in the Polestar 1 come standard with the BST.

This new model looks like a solid option for Polestar and EV fans, offering the best features of the Polestar 2, but with key performance and style upgrades. Polestar plans to release a new model every year, and the next big project in the pipeline is the Polestar 3 — the maker's first all-electric SUV. That model will be followed by the Polestar 4 in 2023, a smaller crossover/SUV electric performance coupe. Finally, in 2024 the company will introduce the Polestar 5, a four-door GT electric sportscar inspired by the Polestar Precept.

As for the newly unveiled limited-edition variant, Polestar says the U.S. price for the BST Edition 270 will start at $75,500, though you'll pay an extra $5,000 if you want the full-body wrap, an extra $1,000 for the stripe, as well as the same $1,400 destination and handling fee that comes with the Polestar 2.