Last week, I attended Polestar Day, a massive event put on by the Geely-owned Swedish brand in a hangar at the Santa Monica airport.

The Volvo offshoot company invited hundreds of media, investors, and owners to experience the latest 

products and upcoming models and learn about a bunch of new technology innovations and partnerships that were announced at the event.

This was the media’s first opportunity to ride in the Polestar 3, the Porsche Cayenne-fighting SUV that will be built in South Carolina and go on sale in the US in the second quarter of 2024. 

I rode in a fully loaded 3 with the optional Performance package, which bumps output to 517 horsepower, 

adjusts the torque vectoring and all-wheel drive software, and adds unique chassis tuning and 22-inch wheels with performance tires.