- Polestar has added a limited-run BST edition 230 to the 2023 Polestar 2 lineup.
- The BST edition 230 shares the same chassis modifications as the earlier BST edition 270 and produces 469 horsepower.
- The new BST edition will be limited to 230 examples for the European and North American markets.
Polestar introduced another limited-run version of the performance-inspired BST edition and is assuming buyers wont mind its lack of substantive changes. While a regular Polestar 2 equipped with the Performance pack is quick on its feet, it’s hardly a thoroughbred racer. The BST edition 230 fixes that, but just in the same way that the BST edition 270 before it did.
Last June, the company announced a specialized performance version of the Polestar 2. The special edition would be called the BST edition 270 and would aptly be limited to 270 units worldwide. This 2 came with chassis modifications and extra power at a hefty premium over lesser editions.
According to Polestar, the BST edition 230 “puts more focus on the performance design details.” The edition 230 comes in Space Black or a new exclusive Green Nebula exterior paint with the option to add a full-length racing stripe over either color. The unique design elements inside the car are finished in microsuede, with steering wheel inserts made from partly recycled nubuck leather.
Compared to the standard dual-motor setup, the BST edition 230 adds 67 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque for a total of 469 horsepower and 502 pound-feet. Those figures put the new version toe to toe with the BST edition 270 from last year, which had the exact same figures.
The shared specs don’t end there. Underneath the bodywork, the two BST editions have identical chassis modifications. Ride height for both is nearly an inch lower than stock, the suspension springs are 20 percent stiffer, and a front strut bar has been added. The specially tuned Öhlins dampers from the edition 270 are back for the edition 230, as are the Pirelli P Zero tires that Polestar says are specifically designed for the BST editions. In other words, these are basically the same car.
Owners of the Polestar 2 BST edition 270 may be tempted to complain since the production numbers of the limited-edition car they bought have effectively doubled. (It has happened before in the world of collector’s editions.) On the other hand, the new edition 230 starts at $80,900—$4000 more than the former.
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