Polestar adds rear-wheel-drive option to Polestar 3 line-up

Swedish EV firm Polestar has added a cheaper rear-wheel-drive model to the line-up of its new Polestar 3.

The new long range single motor variant will be the most efficient car in the range, offering up to 403 miles on a single charge, compared with 392 miles for the most efficient dual motor version.

Priced from £69,900, the Polestar 3 long range single motor will be built in China and the USA, and uses the same 111 kWh battery pack as the dual motor version, with the same 250kW peak charging capability. That means it takes 30 minutes for a 10-80% charge on DC.

The single, rear-mounted motor produces 295bhp and 361lb ft of torque, accelerating the car from 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds – three seconds slower than the twin motor version. Aside from the motor, the RWD car features the same technology as the other models in the Polestar 3 range, including Brembo brakes and a sophisticated passive damper system that uses hydraulic rebound stops and frequency selective damping (FSD).

Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar said: “With the long range single motor Polestar 3 we offer consumers a new entry-point for our flagship electric SUV. The rear-wheel drive configuration fits with our performance focused driving dynamics that make the car stand out in the luxury SUV sector.”

As part of the 2025 model year line-up, the long range single motor Polestar 3 benefits from greater customisation thanks to the single option and pack structure, meaning customers can personalise their Polestar 3. Buyers can choose from six exterior colours, five interior rooms and four wheel options including the new 21-inch alloy wheel available as part of the new Pro Pack.

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Matt Allan

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