The Polestar O2 concept is a ridiculously cool EV roadster

By topgear, 03 March 2022

Sharp-styled 2+2 features an ‘autonomous cinematic drone’ that’ll film you from above

Ever get that strange feeling that you’re being watched from somewhere on high? Well, in the Polestar O2 concept you literally could be.

You see, this is Polestar’s new concept car that it says “envisions a new age for electric roadsters”. Looks the business, doesn’t it? Oh, and that rear deck houses an ‘autonomous cinematic drone’ developed by Hoco Flow that can be launched on the move (thanks to an area of negative pressure) and will follow the car at speeds of up to 56mph, filming you as you go. The drone even has drive modes, with ‘atmospheric’ apparently “great for a coastline cruise” and a sport mode that’ll major on action. Sounds brilliant. 

Polestar says that the O2 builds on the Precept concept’s design language, but it’s based on a bespoke aluminium platform that’s adapted from the one developed for the production Polestar 5 saloon. There’s no word on drivetrains or power outputs, but Polestar does say that the driving experience is designed to be “lively, light and full of confidence”. A lightweight EV roadster that looks like this? Yes please.

“Polestar O2 is the hero car for our brand,” says Polestar boss Thomas Ingenlath. “It opens the door to our secret chamber of future potential. This is a taste of what we can design and engineer with the talent and technology we have in-house. It looks incredible, and being able to lower the roof and not hear an engine promises a superb sensation.”

This is Polestar we’re talking about, so there’s also plenty of focus on sustainability and recycling. For example, recycled polyester is the sole material used for all of the soft parts of the interior as using a single material simplifies recycling. The different grades of aluminium used throughout the chassis are also labelled to make them easier to recycle.

So, what do we think folks? Reckon there’d be a market for it if Polestar put the O2 into production? And how badly do you want that drone cam?