Polestar is an electric performance car brand unlike any other. The brand is exceptional not only for its innovative engineering concept, but also for its mode of presentation. In contrast to traditional dealerships, vehicles are exhibited in ‘Polestar Spaces’. And the visitor experience is similar to that of an art gallery.
A feat of cutting-edge technology, forward-thinking design, and uncompromising sustainability, the Polestar 2 electric five-door fastback is equipped with an array of innovative features crowned with the beautiful sound and design of the iF award-winning Harman Kardon premium sound system. The Polestar 2 will be on display throughout November 2020 at the HARMAN Experience Store in Munich.
At the forefront of the automotive industry’s high-end electric offering, the Polestar 2 was created to give passengers a truly superior in-car experience. Munich`s HARMAN Experience Store is offering store visitors the opportunity to experience the sound of Harman Kardon and to discover the Polestar 2.
Harman Kardon’s designers worked hand-in-hand with the Polestar design team to create a cutting-edge sound system whose design fits within the vehicle’s minimalist interior while delivering the captivating sound for which Harman Kardon is known. Both brands share the same customer-centric philosophy, which enabled them to collaborate from the same point, building on one another’s strengths.
“Polestar and Harman Kardon share a tremendous synergy. Both brands are truly committed to top-notch design that spares no detail. They build on one another, sync with one another. The brands share a precise, timeless quality, which is showcased in the Polestar 2”, said Maximilian Missoni, Head of Design at Polestar.
The common commitment to simplicity and elegance can be seen throughout the car’s interior, in which subtle sophistication and superior performance merge. Thus, the speaker grille pattern imitates the characteristic 60° angled slash of the Harman Kardon brand logo and integrates seamlessly into the vehicle’s interior, while staying true to both brands’ unique DNA. Another unique element is a speaker pin on the door, a beautifully subtle feature that hints at a hidden speaker below. The partnership’s success was recently recognized with a 2020 iF design award.
“The design integration was particularly important in developing this sound system. We wanted to achieve a quality, look, and feel that would be perfectly consistent with the consumer brand Harman Kardon. The result is a clear, stylish, distinctive design throughout the car that is easily identified as Harman Kardon.” – Jan Geisler, Industrial Designer Car Audio at HARMAN’s in-house design agency Huemen.
Watch Jan Geisler introducing the design of the Harman Kardon sound system for Polestar 2 and sharing insights into the collaboration: https://about.polestar.com/news/polestar-and-harman-kardon
Vehicle cabins are considered to be among the most acoustically challenging environments, as multiple speakers, various seating locations, diverse materials, and reflective surfaces must be taken into account. That’s why HARMAN`s acoustic engineers are involved from as early as four years before the construction of a car begins, choosing the number of speakers and deciding how the grilles should be designed, and remaining involved as close to release, ensuring that there are no issues such as rattling.
In the Polestar 2, Harman Kardon’s sound philosophy is beautifully illustrated, with high fidelity that is extremely close to the original recording, offering a very high output, good staging and spectral balance without any distortion. The Harman Kardon premium sound system in the Polestar 2 features 13 loudspeakers elegantly integrated with minimalist design into the interior for a total output of 600 watts, Vehicle Noise Compensation+, Automatic Level Adjustment, Dirac Unison®, and 7.1 Quantum Logic Surround Sound architecture for enveloping sound throughout the cabin and a truly captivating on-the-road listening experience for everyone in the car.
“Harman Kardon sound is distinctive in its authenticity. Every element is well-balanced, with no exaggerations and no gimmicks. It embodies the notion of perfection through simplicity and delivers sound like the artist intended. This collaboration has been extremely rewarding for everyone involved, and we are proud to present the Polestar 2 as a milestone for the brand.” - Hans Lahti, Senior Principle Engineer, Acoustic Systems at HARMAN Car Audio.