It’s always nice to have a choice. After all, if you’re plopping down — say — $78,900 for a Lucid Air, you don’t want your ride to resemble that of your neighbor’s.
To help avoid that bit of awkwardness, Lucid introduced a new Stealth Look package, which can now be chosen instead of the standard Platinum Look.
“From its inception, Lucid Air was designed for two distinct looks that reflect the duality of its personality: standard Platinum Look, which highlights its luxurious nature; and now Stealth Look, which is simultaneously assertive yet under-the-radar,” said Derek Jenkins, SVP of Design and Brand, Lucid Group.
It should help accentuate the Air’s Grand Touring Performance model, with 1,050 horsepower. At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, it won the title of quickest production car in the Hillclimb Timed Shootout. The car, driven by Ben Collins, the original Stig, recorded a hill climb time of 50.79 seconds — faster than every other production car at the event, and good enough to finish 12th overall in a field of 65 vehicles, including track cars.
“The sinister style of Stealth Look is a perfect complement,” Jenkins said.
The car debuts at Motorlux during Monterey Car Week on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Stealth Look upgrades
Offered on Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance, Air Grand Touring and Air Touring models, the Stealth Look package changes 35 components on the car to differentiate it from the standard Platinum Look.
The company terms the appearance as a Stealth Finish, aka a black polished surface. It’s used on the front nose blade, C-pillar flags, and lower door and fascia trim, mirror caps and distinctive cantrails that frame the Air’s glass roof. A Stealth satin finish on the lower body and headlight trim, as well as the blade tail lights. Buyers also have a choice of 20- or 21-inch aero wheel designs with satin black wheel inserts.
The new Stealth Look accents the Air’s Stellar White, Infinite Black, Cosmos Silver, Quantum Grey and Zenith Red exterior colors.
What’s it cost?
Of course, fashion always has its price. In this case, it’s an extra $6,000; $7,500 in Canada. The new package should be available in the first quarter of 2023.
Starting Aug. 10, consumers can see what their car might look like at Lucid’s configurator, which reveals the difference between the Platinum and Stealth looks. Additionally, clients can use Lucid Studio Live, a private virtual tour to browse and construct their ideal vehicle with help from a Lucid team member, who can also answer any questions.
The need for speed
Lucid has never been shy about making its Air among the fastest available battery-electric vehicles. Its 1,050 horsepower makes more power than the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Demon, allowing it to run the quarter mile in a mere 9.9 seconds, nearly a second faster than the Ford Shelby GT500, and traverse 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds.
Of course, it’s more than just a hefty load of batteries that allows for such performance, they’re also very efficient, providing an impressive 4.58 miles per kWh. By comparison, a Tesla only musters 4.02 for the most efficient version of the Tesla Model S. Of course, its electric architecture will operate at 900 volts, the highest in the business, which helps matters as well.
And the need for speed is engineered into its charging capability as well. You gain 300 miles of range in just 20 minutes using the latest, greatest 350-kilowatt public fast charger.
But with the appearance of the sinister Stealth Package, the Lucid Air finally gets the murdered-out appearance to match its mind-boggling performance.
Produced at the automaker’s factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, the Lucid Air was named the 2022 Motor Trend Car of the Year.