Polestar's Upcoming Roadster Will Take Cues From the Porsche 911
You won’t read about it on any automaker’s website or sales materials, but nearly every major car company buys and studies its competitors’ products. Spy photographers sometimes catch companies like Ford benchmarking a Chevy Camaro or new Silverado pickup truck to gain insights into how they compare to a Mustang or F-150. Electric vehicles have democratized performance and speed, making them more accessible across a broader range of cars, so it’s not surprising to see Polestar testing a Porsche 911 to prepare for its own sports car launch in 2026.
Australian motoring publication Drive reported that Polestar is benchmarking the 911 as part of the development process for its upcoming electric roadster. The car is based on Polestar’s O2 concept and will feature a dual-motor powertrain with all-wheel drive and a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 3.2 seconds.
Edward Trinh, Product Planning Manager for Polestar Australia, noted that Porsche sets the standard for performance in several categories. “The 911, the Taycan – they’re the types of cars we’re looking at,” he said. “We believe they’re the benchmarks for vehicle dynamics.”
Drive noted that Trinh hinted at a trick suspension system for the car, saying, “they’re incredibly serious about it. It needs to handle. Vehicle dynamics is our background, we don’t forget about that heritage.”
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Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.
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