Lucid’s new 1050-horsepower Air Grand Touring Performance is a $179,000 alternative to the Tesla Model S Plaid

Lucid Motors has expanded its EV range by revealing the Air Grand Touring Performance (GTP), a new version of the manufacturer’s battery-electric sedan that’s effectively a replacement for the Air Dream Edition Performance. The 520-unit production run of the flagship Air Dream Edition was recently completed by Lucid and all the units were already sold last year. So, in case you missed out on the opportunity on getting yourself the super-impressive Air Dream Edition, you may want to have a look at the new GTP version. However, let me warn you that the two versions might be very similar to each other but there are a few differences, including the price.

The Lucid Air Dream Edition sent shockwaves through the industry with its powertrain that’s capable of producing 1111hp and an EPA-estimated range of 520 miles when fitted with 19-inch wheels. In fact, no other EV on the market comes close to it when it comes to range. The Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance is only available with the company’s 21-inch wheels, which has resulted in a lower 446-mile EPA-estimated range. The total output figure has also dropped marginally to 1150hp, which might be barely noticeable unless you’re planning on frequenting dragstrips. Lucid claims the GTP can accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.6 seconds, 0.1 seconds slower compared to the Air Dream Edition.

What has increased, however, is the price. The Air Grand Touring Performance is priced at $179,000, which is $10,000 more than the limited-run version. Furthermore, the Eureka Gold paint won’t be available for the GTP as it was limited to the Dream edition. Bummer, right? The GTP is placed above the Grand Touring version which is $40,000 cheaper and has 819hp on tap. “Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance answers the strong demand we continue to see for higher-performance versions of the Lucid Air,” said Peter Rawlinson, CEO and CTO of Lucid Group. “The remarkable speed with which we are able to conceive and bring this model to market is possible only because of Lucid’s high degree of vertical integration and in-house production of our proprietary EV powertrain and battery pack technology.” The EV manufacturer says that it will start delivering in June 2022.

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