Lucid Air Sapphire nears its debut as release candidates roll off production line

Lucid Motors is getting closer to releasing its high-performance EV, the Lucid Air Sapphire. Unveiled at Monterey Car Week last year, the Lucid Air Sapphire is poised to take on the Tesla Model S Plaid, and aims to establish itself as the most powerful electric sedan ever produced.

Almost a year after it was first unveiled, Lucid has shared they are building release candidate (RC) Air Sapphire cars at their production facility in Casa Grande, Arizona. The automaker didn’t say when they will shift to series production, only saying “The world’s first luxury electric super-sports sedan will be available soon.”

Lucid’s flagship EV boasts an impressive 1,200 horsepower, achieved through a twin rear-drive unit with torque vectoring, developed in-house and in collaboration with a single-motor front-drive unit. The result is an EV with mind-bending acceleration capabilities, reaching 60 mph in under two seconds, 0 to 100 mph in under four seconds, and a standing quarter-mile in less than nine seconds. This puts the Lucid Air Sapphire ahead of the competition, surpassing Tesla’s Model S Plaid by nearly 200 horsepower.

While initially a limited-production model, the Lucid Air Sapphire will be available in Canada and the US with a starting price of C$325,000 or US$249,000.

While they approach the release of the Sapphire, Lucid Motors achieved a significant milestone recently, signing a strategic partnership with Aston Martin, licensing its battery and powertrain technology for $450 million.

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