When we last saw the Lucid Air, it was in the range topping Dream Edition model which boasted over 1100 hp and made an appearance at the 2022 NACTOY awards (though it came away empty handed.) Lucid is not letting that little setback stop them though, and the California based EV maker confirmed that it will be releasing the all-new Grand Touring Performance model to consumers.
Still In The 1,000 hp Club
While the Grand Touring Performance is not quite as powerful as the limited production Dream Edition, that’s like saying a single jet fighter jet is less powerful than a dual engine model especially since the Grand Touring Performance makes 1,050 hp. That’s 61 hp less than before, but we suspect that most buyers wont notice the slightly tamer tune as they make the sprint to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds (a mere 0.1 second off the Dream Edition.)
This version will be a noticeable upgrade over the standard GT which makes do with a mere 819 hp and makes the dash to 60 mph in a brisk 3.0 seconds.
Grand Touring Performance Has Less Range
All of this performance is impressive but like with everything else in life, there’s a noticeable tradeoff here and that’s evident in the range department. Lucid claims that the Grand Touring Performance can go 446 miles before it needs to be recharged.
That’s still a pretty impressive figure when viewed alongside other super EVs, but it’s less than the regular GT’s 469 mile limit (also on 21-inch wheels) and the 516 mile range that the base 19-inch wheels provide. As mentioned, performance is the buzz word here, and we suspect most buyers are willing to sacrifice range for the ability to show-off to friends and passengers.
How Much For Grand Touring Performance?
Pricing for the Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance is still reflective of its segment with the model starting at $180,500 which includes the $1,500 destination charge. Lucid claims that the model will have a higher production figure than the sold out Dream Edition which was capped at 520 units.
The standard Grand Touring model will still be available for those who don’t want the extra muscle, but don’t be shocked if the Performance eventually becomes the default GT trim. This has happened occasionally in the auto works with a notable example being the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage which came with a V12 and eventually usurped its inline powered sibling thanks to strong sales.
Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as Autoshopper.com.
Carl is also a big fan of British vehicles with the bulk of his devotion going to the Morgan Motor Company as well as offerings from Lotus, MG, and Caterham. When he is not writing about automobiles, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Metro Detroit area, as well as spending time with his adorable pets.