James Gent

James Gent

October 27, 2021 5:59 pm

California-based Lucid Motors has confirmed that the first customer deliveries of its new luxury sedan – the Lucid Air Dream Edition – will take place this weekend.

Designed and developed in Silicon Valley, the Dream Edition launch versions of the brand-new, all-electric Lucid Air were the first to roll off the company’s production line in Casa Grande, Arizona, having made their global debut in September last year.

The Lucid Air Dream Edition features dual electric motors capable of sending power and torque to all four wheels. The flagship model – the Performance – boasts an astonishing 1,111 horsepower combined output, while the Dream Edition Range counterpart punches a still sizeable 933 hp. The electric motors in both produce an identical 1,025 lb-ft of torque.

Despite tipping the scales at 2,360 kilograms (or 2,375 kg when equipped with 21-inch wheels), the Dream Edition Performance is capable of 0-to-60mph (0-to-96kph) in a staggering 2.42 seconds, meaning the luxury EV sedan, on paper at least, out-sprints the likes of the McLaren 720S Coupe, Porsche 911 GT3 and Ferrari 488 Pista, and is only pipped by the narrowest of margins by the Bugatti Chiron Sport. The Dream Edition Range and Grand Touring versions, meanwhile, complete the same distance in a hardly shabby 2.74s and 3s flat respectively.

Alongside this phenomenal performance, the Lucid Air also became the longest-range electric vehicle ever rated by the EPA back in September. Equipped with a 118 kWh battery pack and with 19-inch wheels as standard, the Dream Edition Range has been “officially accredited with a range of 520 miles”, or just over 836 km. This figures drops to a still sizeable 481 miles/774 km on 21-inch wheels.

As part of Lucid’s ‘Dream Delivery’ event, recipients of the first Lucid Airs on Saturday, October 30, are invited to participate on the Lucid Rally, an as-of-yet undisclosed route the company claims “showcases the vehicle’s standout ride, handling, and performance capabilities.”

“Creating the Lucid Air has truly been a labor of love, with customer deliveries representing the culmination of years of endeavour from the entire Lucid team,” explains Lucid Group CEO Peter Rawlinson. “I’m truly excited to hand the keys to our first dear customers and accompany them on an inaugural drive through the California countryside.”

Alongside its retail locations in the United States, Lucid Motors opened its first Canadian studio in Vancouver earlier this month, with another set to follow in Toronto next year. Confirmed pricing for the Canadian market thus far ranges from $105,000 for the entry level, 480 hp Air Pure – the only model in the range that features a stand-alone electric motor that powers solely the rear wheels – to $229,000 for the flagship Lucid Air Dream Edition.

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