Tesla has made a name for itself surprising internal combustion cars with its speed off the line. Hardly a surprise, since EVs deliver all of their torque immediately. So how does the all-electric Polestar 2 compare?

Well, under very specific circumstances, it beats the Tesla handily. Mind you, you’re unlikely to ever encounter those circumstances in the real-world. But that’s just the kind of in-depth reporting you get from Auto Trader’s Rory Reid.

In a backwards race, the Polestar easily beats the Tesla. In a forward race, the results are a little less flattering. The Model 3 Performance being tested here is faster than the Polestar 2, but not by a massive amount and Reid reckons that the Polestar gets off the line faster.