For starters, the base model, single-motor 2024 Polestar 2 is now rear-wheel drive and features a bump in horsepower and torque from 231 to 299 horsepower and 243 to 361 lb-ft respectively. Polestar claims this reduces the 0-60 mph time to 5.9 seconds. Similar changes are seen in the AWD model, which now features a more rear-biased drive train that delivers a total of 421 horsepower and 546 lb-ft of torque — up from 408 horsepower and 467 lb-ft in the 2023 model — shaving the 0-60 mph time down to 4.3 seconds — 0.2 seconds less than before.
The optional Performance Pack, which is available as an over-the-air software upgrade that is sure to earn the ire of some in the automotive industry, adds another 34 horsepower, bringing the total up to 455, and bringing the 0-60 mph time down to 4.1 seconds.
Joakim Rydholm, Head of Chassis Development at Polestar, says that the changes to the powertrains on the 2024 Polestar 2 make it “an even more playful and agile car, retaining its compactness and complete sense of control, while at the same time becoming more mature with added comfort.” Updated Brembo brakes, 20-inch forged alloy wheels, and Öhlins Dual Flow Valve dampers are part of the Plus Pack, which will also be included on any Polestar 2 units ordered with the Performance Pack and should also serve to make the vehicle more playful.