Chinese-backed American car maker has launched its luxury electric saloon, with up to 986bhp on tap and a Tesla-baiting price tag

The Lucid Motors Air electric saloon is on sale in America priced from $52,500.

This equates to about £43,000 at current exchange rates, but there's no word as to how much the car will cost in Britain as of yet.

The Tesla Model S rival produces 400bhp in its most basic single motor form, but power can be increased to 1000bhp with a twin-motor, four-wheel drive model. The most potent version has a 0-60mph time of 2.5sec.

As standard, the car has a range of 240 miles, but a 400-mile version is available as an option.

Lucid partnered with Samsung SDI for the supply of the car’s lithium-ion battery cells which they claim have class-leading energy density, power, lifespan and safety, as well as not fading after numerous repeat charges. The same company also supplies batteries for the BMW i3 and i8.

The company is keen to display its optional executive seating, with two reclining seats. The standard is a four-seater, but up to five are available.

Lucid also claims that the car’s air suspension with regenerative valve technology gives it the most comfortable ride in its class.

Lucid has penned the Air as ‘autonomous ready’ and will fit the car with the necessary sensors to make the car fully autonomous when technology and legislation allows.

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The Air will be put into production in late 2018, with deliveries scheduled to begin soon after, although such a long gestation period will make Lucid’s list of rivals far longer than they are at present.

A deposit of around £2000 secures one of the mass-production Lucid air examples, although a launch edition, with production limited to 255, is available with a £20,300 advance deposit. Lucid says that these examples will be well-optioned and will have exclusive, distinguishing features. Pre-orders are currently only available in the USA and Canada.

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15 December 2016
I will be amazed if they get this car into production in 18 months

15 December 2016
Wow, it looks good, way better than the boring, characterless Model S S, which IS cool, but doesnt look it.

15 December 2016
Samsung Lithium batteries ??

16 December 2016
The whole thing looks awful but the front bumper is an absolute abortion. Then just to make sure it's appalling they've partnered with Samsung to supply the batteries? Should go down like a car on fire. Must have made that decision while they weren't lucid. Electric cars are going nowhere.

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22 January 2017
That is a cool looking car and much better looking than a Tesla. However I suspect we may never see the production model as this will probably and sadly end up just as a concept
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15 March 2017
Just scroll forward 6 years... These very high powered cars will have depreciated to the point that relatively young and possibly quite inexperienced "boy racers" will be able to afford these [if they cannot wait they will probably borrow them anyway]... Many have enough trouble managing a Citroen Saxo in the dry yet alone one of these 400 to 1000bhp monsters in the wet on a Saturday night in Essex or elsewhere... will the government ring fence the road tax to provide extra police, court time and sadly I fear hospital / medical resources that seem destined to be required...?

16 March 2017
Just like Faraday Future, Lucid doesn't even have a manufacturing factory built yet or even proposed. This is not very assuring if they plan to build a Tesla-rival let alone making some kind of (positive) mark in the auto industry. It takes years to build a manufacturing plant, let along providing the tooling, machinery and other complicated aspects it takes to produce a car from ground up. On top of that training workers how to build and assemble such a innovative and technological laden vehicle. This is no simple Chrysler or Chevy they are building. It's a nicely designed car, though I think it looks like a very squat- and sleeker-looking Infiniti QX70 crossover/SUV, which is not a bad thing as its basic design hasn't much changed since the original generation back in 2003 (FX35) and has proven to be a rather timeless design for a SUV. We need to see some solid financial backing and the capability that they could competently produce these cars with some industry respectable reliability. So far it all sounds like pipe dream. I hope I am wrong as I would like to own one if its properly built and supported.

16 March 2017
Real world range distances are still up for debate, but most are still concerned about poor warranties surrounding battery degradation.

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