The 2021 Lucid Air promises to cream the Tesla Model S when it comes to range and acceleration. But as it turns out, great performance comes at a great price.
That said, the base Air starts below $80,000. It’s unclear if this is before or after a destination charge, though. Keep in mind the Air qualifies for the full federal tax credit, which when factored into the equation, brings the price down to less than $72,500. The Tesla Model S no longer qualifies for this credit, and it starts at $76,190, including a $1,200 destination charge.
We’re still awaiting full performance specs for the base Lucid Air, which goes on sale after the initial batch of higher-end Airs roll off the assembly line. Nevertheless, we know even the entry-level Air boasts the ability to add 300 miles of range in 20 minutes when plugged into a DC fast charger.
Move up to the Touring, and you’re looking at a price of $95,000 before accounting for tax credits and destination. This variant delivers 620 hp, or enough to propel the sedan to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. It’s also capable of crossing the quarter mile after 11.4 seconds at 123 mph. The Touring’s driving range is a claimed 406 miles, which puts it close to the figure of the Model S Long Range Plus.
Lucid calls the Touring, and the next-level Grand Touring, the “heart” of its lineup. With an advertised 517 miles of range, the Grand Touring gains a decisive win over Tesla. It’s also quite potent, delivering 800 hp, a 3.0-second trot to 60 mph, and a quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds at 133 mph. The price? An eye-watering $139,000.
But that’s chump change compared to the Dream Edition, the highest performing variant with 1,080 hp. Lucid claims the top-of-the-line trim hits 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and runs the quarter-mile in 9.9 seconds at 144 mph. These models come with a laundry list of luxurious appointments, including Bridge of Weir leather, Eucalyptus wood, and trim-specific wheels. Prices break the bank at $169,000. Compare this to the most expensive Tesla Model S, the Performance variant, which Tesla estimates hits the 60 mph mark in 2.3 seconds and starts at $96,190, including destination.
The 2021 Lucid Air enters production at Lucid’s Casa Grande, Ariz., plant in the spring of 2021. The Grand Touring and Dream Edition hit the market in the early part of the year, followed by the Touring near the end of 2021. The base model arrives in 2022.
2021 Lucid Air Prices*
Base: less than $80,000
Grand Touring: $139,000
Dream Edition: $169,000
*Excluding destination, as well as all state and federal tax credits
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