There aren’t that many performance-oriented $100,000+ two-door plug-in hybrids available on the market, so discovering rivals isn’t a straightforward process. Nonetheless, there are two such automobiles, that whereas very completely different in philosophy, they may positively be cross shopped by consumers seeking to spend $150,000 on a sporty PHEV coupe.
The Polestar 1 and BMW i8 couldn’t look extra completely different, if you happen to put them subsequent to one another. Nonetheless, they’re each plug-in hybrids, they each have two (albeit fairly completely different) doorways and each can carry 4 folks inside. The i8 begins at $148,500, whereas the Polestar 1 is round $155,000.
By way of efficiency, they’re remarkably shut too. Each dash to 100 km/h (62 mph) in round 4.2 – 4.4 seconds, despite the fact that their powertrains are fairly completely different. The BMW has a mid-mounted 1.5-liter three-cylinder aided by an electrical motor and one other electrical motor driving the entrance wheels for a mixed whole of 362 horsepower and 420 Nm (309 pound-feet).
The Polestar is significantly extra highly effective. It has a 2-liter four-cylinder additionally aided by two electrical motors for a mixed whole of 600 horsepower and 1,000 Nm (737 pound-feet). Nonetheless, it’s significantly heavier than the i8, therefore the remarkably related dash instances.
To see these two unlikely rivals pitted in opposition to each other, take a look at this video lately posted by Throttle Home. It’s, to our data, the primary video immediately evaluating the 2.