Everything you need to know about the performance of the 1,050 horsepower Lucid Air Grand Touring

Lucid Motors is challenging the electric vehicle trendsetter with its cool Air sedan. While Tesla focused on pure performance and being “unconventional”, Lucid takes the more conventional route by making a car with an emphasis on engineering rather than technology. And it seems to have paid off pretty well. People can connect more with the Lucid Air than with the Tesla Model S.

And the Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance also put the Tesla Model S Plaid to shame with more power and more range. But unfortunately, this Plaid-killer was limited and few people could get their hands on it. So to fill that void, Lucid introduced a slightly less powerful hooligan with the Air Grand Touring Performance.

This 1,050 hp luxury touring sedan is an unlimited ticket to smoke the most powerful Tesla. Apart from software changes to the powertrain shared with the Dream Edition, there are no major differences here. With insane performance, impressive charging tech and a luxurious interior, this Lucid might just become people’s favorite in luxury electric vehicles. This Lucid also puts Porsche Taycan Turbo S and Mercedes-Benz EQS to shame.

2022 Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance is a slightly less powerful but equally desirable alternative to kill Tesla to the sold-out Dream Edition.

For those who couldn’t get the Dream Limited Edition

Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance rear third quarter view
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The Tesla Model S kryptonite is a wonderful machine and the 1,111 hp Lucid Air Dream Edition was the perfect “closure” even for the mental Model S Plaid. This was “” because the Dream Edition performance models were limited to only 520 units and sold out. To fill that void, we now have the Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance, which is still a pretty strong shut-up!

Shy at just 60 horsepower, this beastly tourer is still in the 1,000 hp bracket, which is insane. And unlike the limited-run Dream Edition, there’s no cap on Grand Touring Performance. So, it’s a Lucid Air you don’t have to worry about. It slips right in between the base 819-hp Lucid Air Grand Touring and the now-sold-out 1,111-hp Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance.

The most powerful purchasable Lucid Air does 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds.

Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance Speeding Side View
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It shares the same twin-motor configuration that’s suitable for stablemates and packs the same 118kWh battery pack from the Dream Edition. That translates to 1,050 usable horsepower and 921 lb-ft of torque sent to all four wheels that help this hyper EV do 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds. It’s just 0.4 seconds faster than the base trim which does 0-60 mph in 3 seconds flat. It will have a top speed of 168 mph.

It’s also slightly slower than the Air Dream Edition, which the company says can hit 60 mph in 2.42 seconds. Acceleration-wise, it’s not much better or worse than its stablemates. But the most powerful purchasable Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance appears to be a direct attack on the equally plucky 1,020hp Tesla Model S Plaid, which accelerates from 0-60mph in 2.1 seconds.

Related: Why the Lucid Air is a good premium EV to buy in 2022

EPA ratings consistently better than rivals, including Tesla

Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance front cruise third quarter hd view
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While the acceleration numbers might still be in the Telsa’s favor, Lucid’s trump card with the Air Grand Touring Performance happens to be its range. The newest Lucid Air has an EPA-rated range of 446 miles. That’s again slightly less than the limited-run Dream Edition Performance’s 451 miles, and even less than the standard Grand Touring version’s 469 miles.

But that’s all cool, because plunging it into a 350kW DC fast charger will run Lucid’s full 900 volts and add an impressive 300 miles in just 21 minutes. As for its big rival, even the most efficient Tesla Model S, with 405 miles, can’t match the Lucid Air’s range figures. The Model S Plaid is being slaughtered in this sector, with a range of only 348 miles!

Subtle tweaks to the sleek, futuristic exterior

Close up view of the Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance badge on the C-pillar
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The Air Grand Touring Performance will come standard with 21-inch aero bladed wheels (the Grand Touring model is also offered with 19-inch wheels) wrapped in Pirelli tires. . Other than that, all other exterior aspects are shared with the non-performing model. It comes in five peaceful exterior shades – Stellar White, Infinite Black, Cosmos Silver, Quantum Gray and Zenith Red. The C-pillar also displays the “Grand Touring” imprint in addition to “Air”.

Related: Why the Lucid Air is more appealing than the Mercedes-Benz EQS

No major changes to interior and Grand Touring Performance technology

Interior view of the Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance
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The airy interior layout remains virtually unchanged for the Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance. The Air Grand Touring Performance comes in four interior themes: Santa Cruz, Tahoe, Mojave and Mojave PurLux. Each of these themes emphasizes comfort and luxury and is sure to enhance your driving experience. Tech features are at an all-time high inside a Lucid Air.

View of the Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance door pad
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There are 34 inches of intuitive floating glass touchscreens to control various functions inside and outside the car. The seats are heated and ventilated, with 20 settings. It also comes with an immersive 21-speaker Surreal Sound audio system with Dolby Atmos compatibility. Additionally, like all other Lucids, the Grand Touring Performance will feature DreamDrive Pro – an advanced driver assistance system with over 30 safety features, including LIDAR integration.

2022 Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance: Price and Availability

Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance EV wallpaper and background
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But all of this has a price. The 2022 Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance is offered at an MSRP of $179,000, which is $10,000 more than the more powerful and sold-out Dream Edition Performance model. Well, that’s the price to pay for being “accessible to the greatest number”. You can set one up immediately and reserve it at lucidmotors.com, but deliveries are expected to begin in June 2022 for the United States. As for Canada, the waiting time is longer, with deliveries starting in August.

Sources: Lucidmotors.com, Greencarreports.com, Insideevs.com, Autoweek.com

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