That's one way of drawing attention to the solid towing estimate.
Lucid has taken to social media to showcase the capabilities of its recently introduced Gravity SUV. In a promotional video posted on X (formerly Twitter), the Gravity was shown pulling a Boom XB-1 jet out of a hangar and onto a runaway.
The Lucid Gravity is the brand's second fully electric model after the Air and has been released with the claim of a towing capacity of 6,000 pounds - clearly more than enough to pull the supersonic technology demonstrator aircraft. Of note, Lucid said the mentioned figure is based on the manufacturer's projected estimate and is still subject to change.
Towing an aircraft with little to no resistance does not compare to real-life scenarios like pulling a piece of heavy machinery out of a ditch, but it does highlight that modern EVs are getting better and better at the stuff we expect of regular cars. So how does it compare to the competition?
The Tesla Model X has a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, roughly 1,000 lbs less than the Gravity's estimated figure. Another advantage of the Gravity over its electric midsize SUV rival is its range; it's projected to offer about 100 more miles than the Model X at over 440 miles.
Tesla's three-row EV is hitting back with a most potent powertrain capable of producing 1,020 horsepower, completing a 0-60 mph acceleration run in 2.5 seconds (with rollout subtracted). In comparison, the Gravity is estimated to generate over 800 hp, which enables a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds. Lucid could surely create a faster Sapphire version, but that's not in the pipeline just yet.
The Lucid Gravity beats the Model X on towing capacity and range yet matches its pricing with a base MSRP of under $80,000. However, this does not apply to the Dream Edition, which is the range-topping trim seen here. The Gravity is poised to arrive in late 2024.