Did anyone else just have a Polestar email hit their inbox??
Seems RollTheDice was on the money... Though I'm not sure how 253hp constitutes a 25hp increase over stock for the Drive E T5 :s
producing 253 hp/400 Nm and 200 hp/440 Nm in peak power respectively with the Polestar optimisation*.
The increase in power and torque is concentrated to mid-range** performance, the key area of the engine for active driving, with a maximum increase of 25 hp/50 Nm for the T5 and 16 hp/40 Nm for the D4 in mid-range.
* = The Polestar Performance Optimisation is standard for the V40 Carbon in Sweden and optional on other markets.
** = The mid-range of the engine is defined between approximately 2000 to 4500 rpm for petrol engines and 1500 to 3500 rpm for diesel engines.
Got to read the detail in the PR drivel. They don't say there is a 25hp increase in the peak 245hp power - but rather a 25hp/50Nm increase in the "mid-range". Bottom line is that the 0.2sec reduction in the 0-100km/h is very disappointing. It would be more useful if Polestar could provide before-and-after mid-range acceleration times - say 80km/h to 120km/h to get a feel for typical overtaking ability.