Official: Lucid Air Sapphire, with three 1,200+ horsepower electric motors

Lucid today introduced the Sapphire Edition of the Air, which debuted at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, during Monterey Auto Week. With three electric motors, the Air Sapphire is the brand’s new flagship performance, with Lucid promising that this version will be available in all its future models.

The Air Sapphire is pitted against the Tesla Model S Plaid in that it features an electric motor in each rear wheel, with a third mounted on the front axle. For now, the company only mentions that their total power is over 1,216 hp (895 kW), as the final figure will be announced later along with all its technical details. However, Lucid is content to state that the Air Sapphire is the most powerful sedan in the world.

The two rear motors offer can send torque in different directions to each wheel, which allows better handling of the car in corners. If a corner is particularly tight, then the transmission brakes the inside wheel to send power to the outside wheel, commonly known as torque vectoring.

The rear engines have new heat exchangers and higher flow rate coolant. Lucid says the batteries have higher power and greater thermal capacity, but the American company did not provide more details about the modifications.

In terms of performance, Lucid estimates that the addition of the third electric motor will allow the Air Sapphire to accelerate from 0-96 km/h in less than 2 seconds, from 0-161 km/h in less than 4 seconds, while completes the 400 in less than 9 seconds. Additionally, Lucid notes that these numbers will be achievable without lengthy conditioning routines.

Moving on, the Sapphire has stiffer springs and new damper settings compared to the other versions of the Air, while the ABS, traction and stability control and steering settings are also different, with the Sapphire available standard with ceramic brakes.

Still, the Sapphire rides on new 20-inch front and 21-inch rear rims, which feature a carbon aero disc on their exterior. Finally, the tires are Michelin PS4S, size 265/35 front and 295/30 rear.

Finally, the Air Sapphire features some visual changes, as it features a new carbon fiber spoiler, which increases downforce on the rear axle, and the car also comes in a new color, called Sapphire Blue.

The Air Sapphire will be in limited production, with prices starting at $249,000. Its orders will open on August 23, and the first deliveries are planned for next year.

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