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Polestar is on a mission to establish its new design language, showcasing what the Swedish electric carmaker’s cars will look like in the not too distant future. Enter the brand’s latest concept car, the Polestar O2. While it shares the same aluminum platform as 2020’s Percept concept, the O2 is an all-electric roadster, giving us a sneak peek at the brand’s second sports car.
Our first look at Polestar’s new O2 was on a Beverly Hills rooftop where the concept’s light blue paint sparkled in the California sunshine. Sporting a 2+2 configuration, the O2 is low and wide, with plenty of presence. Despite its relatively long wheelbase, the O2 looks smaller than expected in person, thanks mainly to its short overhangs. Additionally, the concept’s 22-inch aerodynamic wheels perfectly fit the car’s proportions.
Being an all-electric roadster, aerodynamic efficiency is the name of the game with the O2. A closer look at the concept reveals plenty of ducts channeling air as it travels through the front bumper and sides of the car, ending in an extended large horizontal tail light that helps reduce vortices in the vehicle’s rear. It’s clear that the O2’s design is purpose-built as a sporty vehicle, but it impresses with overall beauty rather than just engineering prowess.
In keeping with the Swedish carmaker’s vision for a sustainable future, the O2 is mainly built of recyclable materials. According to Polestar, this includes a new thermoplastic “mono-material” in the interior that serves as the base material for producing different components. The O2s soft components feature recycled polyester, departing from the usual materials we see in modern vehicles. During our first drive of the Polestar 2 last year, we noted the excellent use of sustainable materials and how clever design can evoke a feeling of luxury without relying on shiny bits. It seems the O2 showcases a continuation of that philosophy for future models.
On the tech side, there’s still plenty we don’t know about the Polestar O2. However, the concept sports a sizeable 15-inch infotainment screen in the middle. If previous Polestar models are anything to go by, we should likely also expect a digital instrument cluster in front of the driver.
Thanks to it being a concept car, the Polestar O2 includes a drone that can launch and land in the car’s rear. According to Polestar, the goal is to allow the driver to automatically film themselves while driving by selecting various drone settings in the central infotainment screen. This would allow future owners to share videos of their drives across social media.
As of writing, there’s no planned release date or pricing information for the Swedish carmaker’s second sports car. However, the five-door sedan based on the Percept concept, dubbed the Polestar 5, is slated to arrive sometime in 2024. As a result, it may only be a few years before we see this elegant roadster hit the road.