Lucid has a new high-performance version of its all-electric luxury sedan. The new Lucid Air Grand Touring performance was announced today (via CNBC) as a variant via the company’s online configurator, which beats the standard 819-hp Grand Touring engine by 1,050 hp.
This new model isn’t actually Lucid’s Air’s most powerful — that crown goes to the company’s 1,111-horsepower “Dream Edition” performance model, which is now on sale after a limited edition. This Dream Edition model was touted as the only electric car to achieve the quarter mile in under 10 seconds in 2020, which beat the fastest Tesla Model S available at the time.
Despite this, the new model does not represent a decrease in performance compared to the Dream Edition. You can still get 0-60 mph acceleration in 2.6 seconds, compared to the slightly faster 2.5-second parked model. It’s also a noticeable 3-second 0-60 mph improvement from the standard Grand Touring. And while the performance model can’t beat the Tesla Model S Plaid’s 1.99-seconds, it can travel about 100 more miles on a single charge with a range of 446 miles.
That range is slightly lower than the 516-mile range offered with the standard Grand Touring model, but the Lucid includes unique 21-inch “Aero Sport” wheels for the Air Grand Touring Performance, and they’re fitted with amazing summer performance tires from the factory. All the added sportiness of the Performance model will set you back $179.000 — a $40,000 premium over the standard Grand Touring model that makes it the most expensive offering from Lucid.
Lucid has been slower as electric vehicles go into production than expected; It had to cut up to 8,000 cars from its 2022 production forecast due to supply chain challenges. The Newark, California-based company has, as of February, delivered just about 300 vehicles on more than 25,000 reservations for customers and employees.
Peter Rawlinson, Lucid CEO, said the new Air Grand Touring’s performance answers “the strong demand we continue to see for high-performance versions of the Lucid Air.” And since Lucid makes its own motors and batteries, Rawlinson says the company can bring them to market “remarkably quickly.”