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The Lucid Air’s overall picture is starting to become clearer. It’s even better, might we add, because three models of air – clean, Touring and Grand Touring – are now on sale, with an insane flagship model on the way.
But before we get into the details, how about a little reminder of what the Lucid Air is.
The Air is a new electric sedan from a new electric car company called Lucid, which is based near San Francisco, California.
The company’s CEO, Peter Rawlinson, was not only its own car engineer, but also the car engineer for the Tesla Model S. The main design difference between the Model S and the 10-year-old Model Air is that after 10 years of Tesla you have to own it.
Like a conventional car, while the Lucid looks like something from the future. According to Rawlinson (at least), the Air is an electric car 2.0. The Lucid Air is also so good that it won the 2022 MotorTrend Car of the Year award.
Clear clean air
There are four types of air to consider. The cheapest and smallest is the Air Pure, with a starting price of just under $90,000. So, you get a rear-wheel drive that should be a good 430hp with an estimated output of 406km.
Spend $5,500 for a fully motorized setup, capable of covering 200 miles (via a 700-volt fast charger) in 15 minutes. Lucid estimates 0-60 mph acceleration at 4.4 seconds for the single-engine model and 3.8 seconds for the Air Pure with AWD.
Anyone coming from a luxury sedan might be surprised at the speed of this model. The Air Pure AWD is available today, and at the time of this writing, the original Air Pure RWD model is not.
Lucid Air Touring
Next up is the Air Tour, which costs less than $110,000. This mid-range model has two engines (one in the front, one in the back), and maximum power comes out to 620 hp (the same amount as the Porsche Panamera Turbo S) with an estimated range of 406 km – you’ll have to keep it. and 19-inch rims. Choosing the available 21-inch is detrimental to the vehicle’s capability.
A 0-60 mph sprint time of 3.1 seconds was tested by MotorTrend, not bad for a big four-door, though the all-wheel-drive Panamera Turbo S hit 60 mph on our watch in seconds. 2.7
. In addition to adding more horsepower and improving acceleration, the air travel version offers 21-inch wheels if you don’t have a 19 or 20 to fill a well. The glass roof, called Glass Canopy by Lucid, is currently available for $4,500. We have experienced this feature firsthand and can confirm how good the building will look in the future.
However, it also lets in a lot of sun and sometimes heat. So try it out for yourself; We think most people considering air travel would choose it simply for its visual appeal.
Unlike the Air Pure, the tour offers a whole host of options to do; Instead of something like PurLuxe leather, Touring offers two variants in Nappa leather and other interior colors, such as tan, a dark seat color, and a black and gray color theme.
Exquisite wood carvings are also part of the tour. We recently drove this model and can confirm that it offers a good mix of performance, size and value compared to others in the leading luxury segment. 2023 clear air movements:
All-wheel drive 19-ivech: 425 miles
AWD and 20-inch wheels: 384 miles
20 inches is the standard during the tours, making free 19s in 21s for $2,000.
The clear air is great
The three-digit number is big windswept. The price is about 140 thousand dollars. For all that Cherddar, you’ll get two strings—one forward and one aft—workers to generate 819 hp. The range increases to 516 kilometers, which is an impressive number even when you consider that you have to keep 19-inch wheels to get to that number.
Not only is it better than all electric cars, but it rivals the 2023 Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic petrol engine. The 0-60 mph estimate is 3.0 seconds, and the quarter mile can be accomplished in 10.8 seconds at 133 mph. The 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S hit 60 mph on our clock in 2.4 seconds and finished the quarter in 10.5 seconds at 130.7 mph.
Lucid claims a top speed of 168 mph for the Air Grand Touring. Unlike the smaller versions, the Grand Touring model can cover up to 300 km in about 22 minutes (via a 900-volt quick charger). Lucid Air Grand Touring 2023 range:
4WD with 19-inch wheels: 516 miles
All-wheel drive with 20 or 21 wheels: 469 miles
20-inch wheels are standard on Air Tours, with 19s available for free and 21s available for $2,000.
Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance (Unofficial Dream Edition)
With the smaller Dream Edition, Lucid offers the next best thing while allowing for an alternate style of ventilation. What does all this mean? While the Dream Edition made 1,080 horsepower, the Grand Touring performed at 1,050 horses.
So, almost an insane performance. We tested the aerodynamic GT-B clocking 60 in just 3.0 seconds, which is pretty impressive for a luxury sports sedan. The GT-P costs about $180,000 to start and has few other benefits besides added touring performance.
The charging speed of the GT and GT-P has been increased from 250 kW and other parts of the AWD model to 300 kW, which makes the general charging system faster than other electric vehicles.
A Glass Canopy roof is now standard and inside you’ll find more leather upholstery and Alcantara inserts. An important note about the two Grand Touring versions; The seat back is about three inches higher than the touring seat.
However, there is plenty of legroom, but in the Grand Touring variants your knees will rise slightly. It’s a difference passengers will notice, so if you often have elderly people in the back seat, this is something to consider.