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Polestar will turn O2 concept into next halo car

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Polestar said Tuesday it will turn its O2 concept into its next halo car, which is likely to be aimed at the Porsche 911.

The 650-kilowatt (884-hp), 200,000 euro full-electric roadster, which will be called the Polestar 6, will be the automaker’s most powerful and most expensive model when it arrives in 2026.

The brand’s most powerful and expensive model now is the Polestar 1, which offers more than 600 hp and starts at 155,000 euros. Meanwhile, the Polestar 3 premium large SUV, which will debut in October, is expected to start at 75,000 euros.

Polestar will build the hardtop convertible alongside the Polestar 5 electric luxury sedan in Chongqing, China.

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The plant is owned by Geely Holding but operated by Polestar, which was co-founded by Volvo Cars and Geely in 2017.

The cars will share Polestar’s new lightweight bonded-aluminum platform and an 800-volt electric architecture that in addition to providing nearly 900 hp of power will offer 900 newton meters of torque, 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) acceleration in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 250 kph (155 mph).

Polestar previewed what to expect from the Polestar 5, which is due in 2024, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England in June.

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The four-door GT will be aimed at the Porsche Taycan, Tesla Model S as well as EVs from Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Lucid.

Like the Polestar 6, the Polestar 5 started as a concept, called the Precept, that evolved into the brand’s future flagship grand tourer.

Porsche prices

Polestar currently aligns its estimated starting prices with Porsche models. For instance, the Polestar 3’s 75,000-euro base price is in line with the Porsche Cayenne, which starts at about 83,000 euros in Germany.

The Polestar 4 and Polestar 5, for which no official prices have been given, will align with the Porsche Macan and Porsche Panamera, which start at about 66,000 euros and 98,000 euros, respectively, in Germany.

The current 911 Turbo Cabriolet starts in about 212,000 euros in Porsche’s home market.

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