Lucid Air Sapphire
During Monterey Car Week in California, Lucid unveiled the Air Sapphire, an even higher-performance version of its Air luxury sedan. With its three motors, the Sapphire will make more than 1200 horsepower, compared with 1111 horsepower on the Air Performance. It will cost about $250,000. Orders will begin taking place in August, with production beginning in mid-2023.
At an impressive 1200-hp, the Air Sapphire surpasses its predecessor, the 1111-hp Air Performance. The Sapphire's major distinction is its new dual-motor rear end, made up of two compact Lucid motors that fit into the existing subframe without alteration. As a result, the vehicle benefits from torque vectoring technology which makes it feel more agile than its specifications suggest. At the front, a 670-hp motor from the Air Performance boosts acceleration even further.
Polestar 4 Premium SUV
Polestar unveiled the 3, their first foray into the ever-popular SUV market, in Copenhagen. This all-electric model sports a dual-motor arrangement that produces up to 510 horsepower and a huge 671 pound-feet of torque. The 107.0-kWh battery promises an EPA test cycle range of 300 miles with the standard package, or 270 miles if you choose the Performance pack. Slated for release in Q4 2023, prices start at $85,300 and include Polestar's Pilot and Plus packages in the first model year.
Skip the Performance package and the dual-motor 3 already delivers 483 hp and 620 pound-feet. Its acceleration is also noteworthy, with Polestar claiming zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds or under 4.6 seconds with the Performance version. Top speed is estimated at around 130 mph, and all-wheel drive is standard thanks to its dual-motor setup - with rear bias - plus torque vectoring for the rear motor to give a boost to handling.
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The DeLorean Alpha 5
As opposed to the original DeLorean's low-powered six-cylinder, the Alpha5's powertrain relies on electric power. According to the company, a battery pack with a capacity of more than 100 kWh should provide at least 300 miles of driving range. The vehicle can reach 155 mph, but the company is mum on specifics.
The Alpha5 looks set to be a grand-tourer, with easy access from the two doors that appear wide enough. The bodywork designed by Italdesign emphasises aerodynamics - its canopy resembling an airplane fuselage, getting smaller towards the rear end. What's more, wide and shapely rear fenders give it a modern appearance. Inside, two large screens look like they will feature in the car's cabin; one in the instrument panel and another of an infotainment system on the dashboard rising up from the center console.
The Fisker Ocean
Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, and Fisker is aiming to capitalise on this trend with its Ocean SUV. The most affordable model retails for less than $40,000 and promises a range of up to 250 miles, while the highest spec version offers acceleration of 0-60 in less than 4.0 seconds combined with an expected range of over 350 miles. However, features such as the 17.1-inch centre touchscreen which rotates both vertically and horizontally, as well as a mode that opens the roof panel and side windows may be what sets it apart from the electric competition - only time will tell if these options will appeal to Tesla fans.
The entry-point for the 2023 Ocean lineup is the Sport, featuring a single electric motor powering the front wheels. This setup offers 275 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. Both the Ultra and Extreme, along with the limited-edition One all boast an electric motor on each axle that drives all four wheels providing up to 550 horses and capable of reaching 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. All models come equipped with 20-inch wheels wrapped in low-rolling-resistance tires and have an option for performance tires on 22-inch rims. Finally, when it comes to towing capacity, front-drive Oceans can manage 2040 pounds while all-wheel-drive models are capable of pulling 4000 pounds.
Tesla Cybertruck looks like it was sent from outer space, and boasts formidable capabilities in comparison to other top-selling pickup trucks. Its sharp-edged exterior is crafted from scratch and dent-resistant stainless steel, making it a tough customer indeed. Along with available all-wheel drive, the Cybertruck can tow up to 14,000 pounds and has an estimated driving range of 500 miles or more (depending on which model one opts for). The cheapest version starts at $39,900 but at present exact production information remains scarce. CEO Elon Musk recently promised the truck will be out in 2023 - this after several delays - so fans of the model will have to keep their eyes peeled for further updates.
Tesla's Cybertruck is available in three distinct models. The single-motor truck boasts rear-wheel drive and a top speed of 110 mph, while the dual-motor edition is equipped with all-wheel drive and can reach speeds of 120 mph. Daftly, they are outdone by the three-motor model, which Tesla claim will hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and reach maximum speeds of 130 mph. All of them benefit from an adjustable air suspension that can be adjusted on the fly and grants up to 16 inches of ground clearance - not to mention their 35 degree approach and 28 degree departure angles - making them quite capable off-road vehicles.
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