• Deliveries to customers Art 2023 Lucid Air Rides begin today, with all-wheel drive versions of the Lucid Air Pure in early December.
  • The official EPA rating for the 480-horsepower Pure with all-wheel drive is 410 miles, while the 620-horsepower Touring is rated for 425 miles—each when equipped with 19-inch air wheels. By comparison, the more expensive Air Grand Touring Performance model offers 518 miles of range.
  • The final changes that resulted from the eventual development of the Touring and Pure dropped the Air’s drag coefficient to just 0.197 with production-car-best 19-inch pneumatic wheels.

With deliveries imminent, Lucid has released performance and range details for the entry-level Lucid Air Pure and mid-level Lucid Air Touring. Both range numbers are higher than the 406 mile estimates we’ve seen to date. The Touring comes standard with all-wheel drive, but it’s a $5,500 option on the Pure. All initial builds of the Pure will be equipped with all-wheel drive, with rear-wheel drive scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2023.

Official EPA range for the Touring, which starts at $109,050, is 425 miles with 19-inch air wheels and all-season tires, which are a no-cost option that replaces the Touring’s standard 20-inch setups. Lucid now confirms that the Touring has 620 horsepower, and has specified that it does 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds. It comes standard with the aluminum hardtop with a glass canopy that’s standard on all Airs we’ve seen up to this point, priced here at $4,500.

The four-wheel-drive Pure has a range of 410 miles on standard 19-inch pneumatic wheels and all-season tires. Its twin-motor drivetrain produces 480 horsepower, enough to propel the sleek sedan from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. An aluminum hardtop is the only option on the Pure, which starts at $94,550 for the all-wheel-drive version that’s being built now. The rear-wheel-drive Pure, which starts at $89,050, will be EPA-certified later as the delivery date approaches.

The Air and Touring have a shorter range than the Grand Touring and Dream we’ve seen before because their underground battery packs consist of 18 modules instead of 22, resulting in a smaller 92.0kWh pack. The four missing modules come from the area under the feet of the rear passengers, but the effect is much wider and normal than the so-called rear “foot garage” of the Porsche Taycan. The result is a much lower and wider rear floor, giving the Pure and Touring a much more natural and comfortable rear seating position, an effect enhanced by a reduced seat cushion angle that takes advantage of the lower leg position.

Having tested both, we can say that the absence of cell modules makes the rear seats of the Lucid Air Pure and Touring even more spacious than the more expensive extreme range versions sold to date. And for our money, a range of 400-plus miles is still pretty impressive for any electric car, especially one with Lucid’s impressive 900-volt battery and power electronics. After all is said and done, the less expensive Pure and Touring can still go 200 miles in just 15 minutes – on a suitable 350kW DC fast charging station, of course.

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