Since the launch of the Polestar 2, Tesla Model 3 has a somewhat brighter contender in the electric car space. But with only 233 miles of EPA estimated range, it has failed to give a major blow to the champ of the ring.
However, AutoTrader UK gave Polestar 2 a chance to prove itself against the Model 3 Performance on the dragstrip. Despite the difference of 0-60 mph between the two (see table below for specs comparison) — the Polestar 2 has a plausible launch. In two out of two attempts, the instant acceleration of the Polestar 2 was slightly better than the Tesla Model 3.
The $5,000 Polestar 2 performance package does not help the car improve any of its performance figures. It mostly adds cosmetic stuff like gold-colored seatbelts, better wheels, gold color valve caps — but Brembo brakes and optimized braking system are the only options things geared toward performance.
On the other hand, Tesla Model 3 Performance is significantly better from its non-Performance version when it comes to numbers and the Track Mode.
Let’s look at a brief comparison of the performance specs of both these electric cars in the table below:
|Tesla Model 3 Performance||Polestar 2|
|Price (MSRP)||$54,990||$59,900 + $5000 Performance Package|
|Range||315 miles (506 km)||233 miles (375 km)|
|Drivetrain||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||Dual-Motor AWD|
|Power||365 kW (490 hp)||300 kW (408 hp)|
|Torque||486 lb-ft||487 lb-ft|
|Curb Weight||1,847 kg (4,702 lbs)||No info|
|Acceleration (060 mph)||3.1 secs||4.7 secs|
|Top Speed||162 mph (261 km/h)||130 mph (210 km/h)|
|CO 2 Emissions||Zero (Tesla Sustainability Report 2019)||Zero|
|Full Self-Driving (optional)||Yes||What?|
|Over-the-air software updates||Yes||What?|
|Track Mode||Yes||Come on, that’s too much.|
Tesla Model 3 Performance won both the forward drag races, only lost the reverse drag race. The above race video clip is actually from AutoTrader’s Model 3 vs. Polestar 2 review video (below) which proved that Tesla Model 3 is better in almost every way be it design, range, OTA updates, acceleration, etc.
In a short period of its lifespan, all of the Polestar 2 EVs are recalled by the automaker for a software glitch that will be fixed at the company’s dealerships/service centers. The severity of the glitch is so much that it can shut down the car unexpectedly.
In a 21st century car, this should’ve been fixed via over-the-air software updates, just like Tesla, however.
Earlier this month, my co-author Ian Pavelko got a chance for an exclusive look at the Polestar 2 at his office with the help of a friend. He also gave a fantastic first-look review of the car in comparison to his Tesla Model 3 Performance.