Polestar launched a new performance software upgrade for the North American version of its Long range Dual motor Polestar 2 EV.

After upgrading, drivers can benefit from a 68 hp (50 kW) increase in power – bringing the vehicle’s maximum output to 476 hp (354 kW). Available now to customers in the U.S. and Canada through an over-the-air download, the permanent upgrade is offered as a one-time payment of $1,195. In leveraging this model, Polestar is looking to relieve its customers from the obligations and complexity of a subscription.

In addition to enhancing the EV’s power, the upgrade also provides an additional 15 lb-ft (20 Nm) of torque – representing a new maximum torque of 502 lb-ft (680 Nm). The software upgrade can be bought at the Polestar Shop website and downloaded directly to the vehicle, circumventing the need for users to visit or book an appointment at the dealership.

Behind the wheel, the upgrade supports increased responsiveness and a sportier driving experience, while the 0 – 60 mph (0 – 96 km/h) sprint time is reduced to 4.2 seconds. Accelerating the Long range Dual motor Polestar 2 from 50 mph (80 km/h) to 75 mph (120 km/h) now takes 2.2 seconds, a 0.5 second increase over the standard dual-motor model.