Saudi-backed Lucid Motors has unveiled a new “supercar” brand called Sapphire, under which it will sell an ultra-high-performance answer to the Tesla Model S Plaid.
Lucid described the three-motor Lucid Air Sapphire as “the world’s first all-electric luxury supercar sedan” and its specs are suitably high.
The Saudi-backed brand says the $249,000 vehicle will deliver 1,200 horsepower for acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds, and 0 to 100 mph in less than four seconds. The Sapphire will also be able to handle a quarter mile in under nine seconds and a top speed of over 200mph.
Three motors will deliver the power needed to achieve these headline-level characteristics, with a new twin-motor rear-wheel drive unit and a single-motor front-wheel drive unit. Each of the engines will incorporate the company’s microjet stator cooling and wave winding, while the dual rear-wheel drive unit will also feature new heat exchanger technology and a higher coolant rate.
The car’s battery system is also being upgraded for higher power and more accurate thermal logic.
“With three state-of-the-art electric motors, all developed and manufactured in-house by Lucid, the Lucid Air Sapphire reaches a whole new level of performance,” said Eric Bach, senior vice president of products and chief engineer at Lucid Group. who also boasted of its “limousine-like rear legroom, bulky trunk and trunk, and impressive efficiency.”
Obviously, the Lucid Air Sapphire has been designed, at least in part, as a track-ready runner, though the $249,000 price tag probably already made that clear.
With stiffer front and rear springs, a unique set of damping settings, stiffer wiper blades, and a unique setting for ABS, traction, stability control, and electronic power steering, the Sapphire also features standard carbon ceramic brakes that help deliver an impressive (and necessary) performance. ) braking power.
The Sapphire also rides on what Lucid has described as “ultra-high-performance staggered Aero Sapphire wheels” that include specially developed Michelin PS4S tires, sized 265/35R20 at the front and 295/30R21 at the rear. The wheels also feature removable carbon fiber aero disc covers that can further optimize the aerodynamics of the car.
It’s unclear exactly what the range or battery specs will be for this “first all-electric luxury supercar sedan.”
Given that the Sapphire appears to be an advanced version of the company’s Lucid Air, which in turn bills itself as “the longest-range, fastest-charging electric car on the market” and whose Grand Touring model boasts an EPA-estimated range of 830 km, one would assume similar figures.
Pre-orders will open in the US on Tuesday, August 23.
Joshua S. Hill is a Melbourne-based journalist who has been writing about climate change, clean technology and electric vehicles for over 15 years. He has been reporting on electric vehicles and clean technologies for Renew Economy and The Driven since 2012. His preferred mode of transportation is his feet.