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The Lucid Air Dream Edition Comes With Up to 1111 HP

Road & Track logo Road & Track 8/25/2021 Mack Hogan
a close up of a car: Lucid says big electric sedan does 0-60 in under 2.5 seconds. © Lucid Lucid says big electric sedan does 0-60 in under 2.5 seconds.

It's taken years, but Lucid Motors says its flagship Air electric sedan is finally almost ready. Before it launches, though, the company is adjusting the final specs. Today, it announced that the Dream Edition Performance version will get up to 1111 hp.

That's up from 1080 hp, which is what Lucid originally said buyers could expect from the Dream Edition. But it's not all good news. The Dream Edition is marketed on the company's site as a model with 1080 hp and a projected range of 503 miles. Now, the company is splitting that into two distinct versions. The Dream Edition Performance and the Dream Edition Range.

a car parked on the side of a building: lucid air © Lucid lucid air

Performance models get 1111 hp and should easily deliver the promised 0-60 time of under 2.5 seconds. Range cars get 933 hp and some range-maximizing tweaks, with a 0-60 time still easily under 3 seconds. Final numbers haven't been announced yet, but in a public test with MotorTrend, an Air Dream Edition Range covered 445 miles on a charge and still had an indicated remaining range of 72 miles. That puts the back-of-the-napkin estimate at 517 total miles of range, compared to about 475 miles for the Performance-spec car on the same trip. We'll have to wait for official numbers, but covering 445 miles is in itself impressive. Lucid is confident that the final number will beat expectations.

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It should be noted that it looks like Lucid is at least partially walking back its initial promise. The company looks poised to beat both the 503-mile range claim and the 1080-hp figure independently but neither edition will be able to offer both a 503-mile or greater range and 1080 or more horsepower, the company confirmed to Road & Track.

a car parked in a parking lot: lucid air © Lucid lucid air

“When it became clear that we had the potential to either increase the performance even beyond what we had anticipated for the Lucid Air Dream Edition or to significantly increase the range potential, we decided to let the customers choose the priority that best served their desire and needs,” a Lucid spokesperson told Road & Track in an email.

Whether that affects your decision to buy a Dream Edition is a moot point. The $169,000, fully loaded limited edition has long been sold out. Existing reservation holders will get to choose between the two options before deliveries of the Dream Edition start late this year. The $139,000, 800-hp Grand Touring will follow shortly after. There's no word on when the $77,450 Pure model will launch, but Lucid says to expect 480 hp and 406 miles of range from that base model. We'll have to see if the company can hit all of its targets.

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