Electric vehicle manufacturer Lucid is launching a new version of its popular and powerful Air luxury sedan.
The Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance, announced Tuesday, will have 1,050 horsepower and a starting price of $179,000. The company’s Air sedan has impressed reviewers in many ways since its launch last fall, in part because of the stunning 1,111-horsepower Dream Edition performance.
But getting this model was not easy. Lucid limited production of the Dream Edition to just 520 units, which had been talked about for months before Lucid began shipping the first Air models from its Arizona plant last October.
Lucid said Tuesday that the Grand Touring Performance – with specs that roughly match the Dream Edition and a starting price just $10,000 higher – will not be limited in production.
While the Air has made a strong impression on the high-end luxury electric vehicle market, the Lucid is still in the early stages of production. The company said in late February that it had built about 400 vehicles and placed about 25,000 orders for the Air since production began last September.
The company now expects to deliver between 12,000 and 14,000 vehicles in 2022, up from a previous forecast of 20,000, as disruptions to the global supply chain have slowed Air’s production ramp-up.
Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson says the company decided to develop a more powerful model after realizing there was still significant demand for a high-end Air with a four-figure power rating.
According to Rawlinson, Lucid was able to develop the new model quickly due to its “vertical integration”. Lucid designs and manufactures its own electric motors and batteries rather than relying on third party component suppliers as most major automakers do.
The increase in Grand Touring Performance is the result of supply chain problems that affect almost all automakers around the world. But the performance of the new Air is still impressive:
- Zero to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds (compared to a claimed 2.5 seconds for the high performance Dream Edition).
- The EPA estimates a range of 446 miles (compared to 471 miles for the high-performance Dream Edition).
- Lucid’s advanced driver assistance system, DreamDrive Pro, comes standard with most of the hardware needed for fully autonomous driving, including a lidar sensor.
- Lucid’s 900-volt Super Fast Charging System, which allows the user to increase range to 300 miles in just 21 minutes with a 350 kilowatt DC fast charger, is also standard.
The new Air outperforms the top-performing Tesla in many ways, but not in terms of acceleration. The Tesla Model S Plaid was released last year with 1,020 horsepower, 396 miles of range, a starting price of just over $130,000 and a claimed 0-60 mph time of 1.99 seconds.
The Grand Touring Performance is a more powerful variant of the previously announced Lucid Air Grand Touring with 819 horsepower. This model is already on sale, Lucid said on Tuesday.
US deliveries of the new Grand Touring Performance model will begin in June.