The EV startup Lucid Motors unveiled on Friday at The Quail event the tri-motor Lucid Air Sapphire, a limited-production model, with the first deliveries planned in the US and Canada next year.
The price is $249,000 USD ($325,000 CAD in Canada) and eservations go live Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 9 AM Pacific time. Lucid added that information about availability for markets outside of North America will be communicated in the future.
The 1,200 hp Lucid Air Sapphire model features a three-motor powertrain delivering more horsepower than the car’s dual-motor siblings, including the 1,050-hp Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance.
“Last year, Lucid rocked the world with the launch of Lucid Air, a fusion of unsurpassed range, efficiency, superior driving dynamics, and interior space, uniquely enabled by our in-house technology.” said Lucid’s CEO Peter Rawlinson.
“Today, with the introduction of the Sapphire line, we take the next logical step of advancement. Lucid Air Sapphire, being the very first Lucid product to bear the Sapphire name, builds upon our technical prowess to take electric high-performance on to next level. Sapphire represents the pinnacle of electric performance; finally achieving the performance that I’ve so long searched for. After painstaking development work, I am able to confirm Lucid Air Sapphire has achieved a satisfactory performance, and I trust the most discerning drivers will agree,” he added.
“Sapphire is the embodiment of what ultra-high-performance luxury means to Lucid,” said Derek Jenkins, SVP of Brand and Design, Lucid Group. “Sapphire is among the most valued gemstones, prized for their brilliance, color, and hardness. Imperial Blue has long been the de facto national color for American motorsports teams engaged in international competitions. As Lucid’s dedicated ultra-high-performance brand, Sapphire references this history while setting new standards for innovation and technology.”
“With three state-of-the-art electric motors – all developed and manufactured in-house by Lucid – Lucid Air Sapphire reaches an entirely new level of performance,” said Eric Bach, SVP of Product and Chief Engineer, Lucid Group.
“And because a three-motor Lucid Air was always part of the development program, it retains all the strengths of Lucid Air variants already on the market – including limo-like rear legroom, a voluminous trunk and frunk, and impressive efficiency,” Bach added.
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This week, the company will be present at two events such as the Monterey Car Week (August 17 – 19) allowing the enthusiasts to test drive the Lucid Air model but also at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on August 18.
Last week, the company announced the Stealth Look, a new version for the exterior design of the Air Grand Touring Performance, Air Grand Touring, and Air Touring models coming in the first quarter of 2023.
The theme is described by Lucid as “a darker and overtly sporting personality” and modifies 35 components on the exterior costing $6,000 in the U.S. and CAD$7,500 in Canada.
On Monday, EV reported that the company recently hired Dave Pachlatko as a Delivery Advisor for the Swiss Market amid the European expansion planned for the upcoming months. Some weeks ago, the company also posted a job vacancy for a Studio Advisor in the Swiss city of Geneva.
Last week, Lucid started hiring for its first Studio in The Netherlands after opening the first one in Munich (Germany) last May. The company opened job vacancies for a Studio manager, an Associate Studio Manager and several Studio Advisors for the upcoming studio in Hilversum.
In May, the company unveiled its plan for European expansion announcing the first deliveries in late 2022 and the prices for Germany, Switzerland, Norway and The Netherlands.
According to a form filed last week, California Public Employees Retirement System has increased its position in the EV maker Lucid Motors by 20.69% to a total of 966,064 shares, valued at $16.58 million as of the end of Q2 2022.
In the previous form, filed on May 4, CalPERS disclosed owning 800,467 shares by the end of the first quarter with total holdings valued at $20.33 million.