Lucid’s Air Dream sedan paves the way for luxury electric vehicles – Robb Report

Positioning itself as the great Tesla disruptor, Lucid Motors claimed the performance of its first Air model that seemed destined for the vaporware ether. But now that deliveries have started on the Lucid Air Dream Editionand after testing some of those claims behind the wheel, we’re delighted (and somewhat stunned) to report that the Lucid Air is real.

The first thing that will strike you about the vehicle, assuming you’re unfamiliar with the limited edition four-door’s spec sheet and 1,111bhp figure, is the exterior design. Its proportions are imposing but impressively poised, the benefit of its sleek architecture separated from the ubiquitous front-engine, four-box saloon configuration that has defined the automotive landscape for nearly a century. In Eureka Gold paint that was the equal in depth and finish of top camps such as Audi and Mercedes, the vehicle shimmered in the cold Los Angeles winter light like an elegant sea mammal. In fact, the Air Dream Edition shares the title of slippery production car in the world, equal to the Mercedes-Benz EQS with a mere 0.20 coefficient of drag.

Lucid adapts a powerful yet compact electric motor to both axles and powers each with a 118kWh battery system that represents the brand’s cutting-edge technological expertise gained from building batteries for the Formula E motorsport series. , with about three times the power density provided by Tesla. Hit the throttle from a stop and the 5,203-pound machine sprints to 60 mph in 2.42 seconds on its way to a top speed of 168 mph.

The Air can go from zero to 60 mph in under 2.5 seconds.

Photo: Courtesy of Lucid Motors.

Shift from Smooth to Swift or Sprint mode and the power moves to the rear axle as the Bilstein shocks stiffen up to create a sportier ride. The Air responds well to steering input, but it’s more of a straight-line sprinter than a canyon carver—handling is good but not great. Still, cruising is a joy in the minimalist large cabin, which offers the capacity of many full-size cars despite its mid-size footprint; the vast greenhouse, surmounted by a canopy in an arc of a circle up to the windshield, bathes the occupants in natural light. Onboard amenities for the fully optional $169,000 Air Dream Edition include a crisp 21-speaker audio system and 34-inch curved 5K display, while material choices for the model lineup – nappa leather or Synthetic PurLuxe, alpaca wool, recycled yarns, sustainably sourced eucalyptus and open-pore walnut offer elegant simplicity in a soothing palette.

Peace of mind is another luxury available thanks to the Dream Edition’s 520 mile range, as well as the ability to replenish 300 miles in just 20 minutes using DC fast charging. Considering the Tesla Model S Plaid’s 396-mile range, it’s further proof that Lucid is zooming in on the luxury EV pack.