The Goodwood Festival of Speed kicks off today, and there’s a host of electric cars on display and vying for your attention.
The first-ever electric Abarth, the 500e is on static display at the Electric Avenue, the festival’s centre of electric mobility from today till the 16th of July.
The top spec of the car, named Turismo, which will be on the display, is equipped with a 42kWh battery coupled with a powerful e-motor, resulting in 113.7kW and 235Nm of torque, combining the performance of the Scorpion with the innovation of electric power and reaching 0-62mph in just 7.0 seconds.
And in an innovative move sure to lure traditionalists, the Abarth 500e is the first and only hot hatch that comes with a Sound Generator. This feature is for those who don’t want to give up on Abarth’s signature – the unmistakable Abarth engine “roar”. The Sound Generator complements the powertrain’s performance, reproducing the sound of an Abarth petrol engine.
It’s available to order right now, with on-the-road pricing starting from £34,195.
Also hitting the road at Goodwood is Polestar, back with some of its new models making their dynamic debut at the iconic event – including Polestar 3 and Polestar 5.
In the First Glance Paddock, opposite the main Polestar stand, the 380 kW Polestar 3 and 650 kW/884 hp Polestar 5 prototypes are joined by the 350 kW Polestar 2 BST edition 230. Each car will run up the hill twice per day during the festival.
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Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, said: “We love showing our latest prototypes to the public at Goodwood. With production now starting in the first quarter of 2024, it’s time for Polestar 3 to take its first-ever run up the famous Hill.
“The SUV for the electric age looks fantastic and will be an exceptional car to own. The latest Polestar 5 verification prototype is here, too. Developed in the UK, Goodwood is like home turf for our electric 4-door GT.”
On the main Polestar stand, Polestar 3, the updated Polestar 2 with rear-wheel drive and the Polestar electric roadster concept are on display. Electric Avenue hosts Polestar 3 this year.
The updated Polestar 2 and the limited-production BST edition 230 are available to buy online today. Polestar 3 can be ordered online and will soon appear in Polestar Spaces in all markets, with deliveries expected in Q2 2024.
Polestar 5, the production evolution of the Polestar Precept, is planned for its official launch in 2024. Polestar 6, the production evolution of the electric roadster concept, is planned for launch in 2026.