• Lucid Motors has officially revealed the production version of its eagerly awaited Tesla rival, the Lucid Air.

    The all-electric saloon features an electric motor on each axle and has a combined output of up to 1080hp. The flagship models will be powered by a 113kWh battery and provide a maximum range of up to 517 miles according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is the US equivalent of Europe’s WLTP testing and by comparison, a Tesla Model S Long Range has an EPA-rated range of 402 miles, which is 379 miles under WLTP testing.

    The Lucid Air is claimed to be “the most aerodynamic luxury car in the world” and combining its low drag co-efficient with its four motors, Lucid Motors state the car will have a 0-62mph time of 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 168mph. The Lucid Air has also achieved a quarter mile time of 9.9 seconds – becoming the first electric saloon car to do so and break the 10 second barrier

    Furthermore, Lucid Motors also boast the luxury saloon will be the world’s fastest charging electric vehicle and be able to gain 300 miles of range from 20 minutes of charging with a DC fast-charger and translate to approximately 20 miles per minute of charging.

    Whilst European prices have yet to be confirmed, US prices start at $80,000 (£62,000) for the Air model, which has a single motor producing 395hp and a 240 mile range from a 75kWh battery.
    Prices then increase to $95,000 (£73,000) for the Air Touring, with 612hp/406 miles and $139,000 (£107,000) for the Air Grand Touring, with 789hp/517 miles.

    The range is then topped off by the Lucid Air Dream Edition and starts at $169,000 (£130,000), offering the same 515 miles of range as the Grand Touring and also increasing power to 1080hp.

    The Lucid Air launches in the US in Spring next year, with the UK launch date yet to be confirmed. Interested customers can however reserve online now with a £770 deposit.

 

  • The New Volkswagen Golf range has been expanded with addition of the New Golf Estate and Golf Alltrack.

    The Golf Estate joined the Golf product range in 1993 and now in its fifth generation, offers more space than ever before. The new generation has a longer wheelbase and exterior than its predecessor, offering greater legroom in the rear and increasing the luggage compartment volume. The Golf Alltrack also offers the same revisions, as well as featuring 4Motion all-wheel drive and customised equipment with an off-road look.

    The New Golf Estate and Alltrack are due to go on sale in early 2021.

 

  • Maserati is entering into a new era and has this week revealed its first supercar in over 15 years, the Maserati MC20.

    Inspired by its predecessor, the Ferrari Enzo-based Maserati MC12, the new MC20 will to entirely made in Modena, Italy and uses Maserati’s very own Nettuno engine; the first engine produced by the company in over 20 years. This 3.0 twin turbo V6 produces 630hp with 730 Nm torque, delivering a 2.9 second 0-60 time and top speed over 200mph.

    Although debuting with a V6 engine, Maserati has also confirmed the MC20 has also been designed with fully electric power in mind and will be offered with an all-electric powertrain after the car debuts. From 2022, Maserati will introduce a new naming structure for all of it’s pure-electric models and will feature the name and badge ‘Folgore’, which is Italian for ‘lightning’

    The Maserati MC20 will start at £187,230 and goes on sale soon, with first deliveries expected in the second quarter of 2021.


 

  • Maserati has also confirmed its upcoming SUV will be called the Maserati Grecale and is set to sit below the Maserati Levante in its lineup, rivaling the Porsche Macan.

    The small SUV will be built on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and will be powered by the same 3.0 V6 engine as the MC20. Like, the MC20, the Maserati Grecale will also be available as a ‘Folgore’ all-electric version model.