The BST Edition 270 is as close to “classic Polestar” as you can get, even if few drivers will know what that means. The new strut bar — which the automaker needs to start offering as an option on the regular EV, stat — and the upgraded suspension make for a car that’s ridiculously stiff, and almost unsettling in how adeptly it shrugs off the not-inconsiderable curb weight from all those batteries. You feel the heft still, because that’s how physics works, and yet the Polestar pivots and sashays despite it.
The steering, even at its heaviest setting, still feels a little light to my tastes, but then again I’ve had that complaint about every Polestar-tuned car I’ve driven. There’s every chance you’ll love it instead, and I can’t question how precise it feels. Out in the rising and falling switchbacks above Redwood City, CA, where Polestar had invited us out to play with its new EV, the BST Edition 270 zips with murderous focus.
There’s a degree of trust required, much as I found there was on the same roads in the Polestar 1 three years ago. A willingness to look beyond what the usual equation of power, weight, and devil-may-care cornering would normally add up to, and instead have faith in what the chassis engineers have done, here.