With 1,050 horsepower, the new Grand Touring Performance Edition becomes the most powerful version of Lucid’s Air electric sedan.
Electric vehicle manufacturer Lucid is launching a new edition of its popular and powerful Air luxury sedan.
The Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance, announced Tuesday, will come with 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 for the stunning performance of the 1,111 horsepower Dream Edition.
But this model was not easy to obtain. Lucid limited production of the Dream Edition to just 520 copies, all of which were talked about for months before Lucid began shipping the first Airs from its Arizona factory 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 — won’t be as limited in production.
While the Air has made quite an impression on the high end of the luxury EV market, Lucid is still in the early stages of production. The company said in late February that it had built around 400 vehicles since production began last September and had around 25,000 reservations for the Air.
It now expects to deliver between 12,000 and 14,000 vehicles in 2022, down from a previous forecast of 20,000, as global supply chain disruptions slowed Air’s production ramp-up.
Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson says the company decided to develop the more capable model after realizing there was still considerable demand for a high-end Air with a four-digit horsepower rating.
Lucid was able to quickly develop the new model because of its “vertical integration,” Rawlinson said. Lucid develops and builds its own electric motors and batteries in-house, rather than relying on third-party suppliers for components, as most major automakers do.
The Grand Touring Performance’s performance tweaks are the result of supply chain challenges that have plagued nearly every automaker around the world. But the specs of the new Air are still impressive:
- From zero to 60 miles per hour in just 2.6 seconds (compared to a claimed 2.5 seconds for the high-performance version of the Dream Edition.)
- EPA-estimated 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 much of the hardware that will be needed for fully autonomous driving, including a lidar sensor.
- Lucid’s 900-volt super-fast charging system, which allows a user to add up to 300 miles of range in just 21 minutes with a 350-kilowatt DC fast charger, also standard.
The new Air beats the top performing Tesla in many ways, but not in acceleration. Tesla’s Model S Plaid launched last year with 1,020 horsepower, an EPA-estimated range of 396 miles, a starting price of just over $130,000 – and a claimed 0-60 time of 1 .99 seconds.
The Grand Touring Performance is a more capable variant of the previously announced Lucid Air Grand Touring, which claims 819 horsepower. This model began shipping, Lucid said on Tuesday.
U.S. deliveries of the new Grand Touring Performance model will begin in June.