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Lucid Spills the Stats: Air Sapphire Makes 1,234 Horsepower

Lucid Spills the Stats: Air Sapphire Makes 1,234 Horsepower


The Lucid Air Sapphire seen from a front quarter angleZero to 60 mph in 1.89 seconds. Zero to 100 in 3.84 seconds. Quarter mile time? 8.95 seconds.

They sound like comedian e-book numbers. They absolutely belong to some unique automotive with seating for 2 and cargo room for one cellphone, proper?

Nope. A household sedan with room for 5 and every week’s value of suitcases.

Meet the Lucid Air Sapphire.

Focused on the Plaid

Electrical automotive startup Lucid Motors this week revealed specs for its long-awaited high-performance 4-door, the Air Sapphire. It’s a super-powered model of Lucid’s Air sedan – the electrical automotive with the longest EPA-certified vary in the marketplace this yr (516 miles).

Focused on the Telsa Mannequin S Plaid, the Air Sapphire makes use of three electrical motors to attain its absurd numbers. They make a mixed 1,234 horsepower.

The numbers are spectacular, however so is the value tag. The Air Sapphire begins at $249,000. You possibly can get two Mannequin S Plaids for that worth and have sufficient left over for a Mannequin 3, supplied you qualify for the federal EV tax credit score obtainable on that automotive.

We must always observe that nobody exterior the corporate has verified the claims. EV builders have revealed outlandish efficiency stats previously and struggled to show them. Tesla CEO Elon Musk famously insisted the Plaid could be the primary sedan to submit a 0-60 time in below two seconds, then prevented journalists from testing the declare with out agreeing to unrealistic circumstances like a take a look at monitor lined in a sticky substance.

When Lucid first introduced plans for the Sapphire, it insisted the automotive would obtain a sub-two-second time “with no extra-cost gear upgrades or protracted preconditioning routines.”

The Lucid Air Sapphire seen from a front quarter angle

That declare is notably absent from press supplies giving the automotive’s specs.

Two Street Modes, Three Observe Modes

Lucid does say the automotive has not one however three completely different monitor modes – “Dragstrip, Scorching Lap, and Endurance, to additional tune and situation the powertrain and battery for optimum efficiency.” For each day driving, Clean and Swift modes are extra acceptable.

It makes use of “torque vectoring management algorithms and traction management developed in-house” as nicely.

Different modifications from the usual Air embody “an exterior that’s optimized for each downforce and effectivity at excessive speeds, in addition to an unique Sapphire Blue exterior paint mixed with Lucid’s Stealth Look trim.” It rides on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and comes with “detachable carbon-fiber aero disk wheel covers.”

The interior of the Lucid Air Sapphire

Getting out and including wheel covers, we suppose, won’t rely as a protracted preconditioning routine.

Inside, the Sapphire will get trim-exclusive sport seats, a 21-speaker immersive audio system, and an unique inside shade theme, Sapphire Mojave.



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