Performance test of the Lucid Air Dream Edition series: The Dream Range variant of the Lucid Air 2022 is without a doubt one of the most anticipated test vehicles this year. It is a 933-horsepower four-wheeled spaceship that costs $ 170,500 (before federal tax breaks).
There is an even more powerful variant called Dream Performance, which includes 1111 ponies and costs the same, but has a maximum range of 471 miles. We thought we could live with 933 hp in exchange for the Dream Range’s 520-mile EPA estimated range, which almost coincided with our own 505-mile result in actual testing. But this test focuses on acceleration, braking, and handling.
Performance Test of the Lucid Air Dream Edition Series
At least at first glance, the Air Dream line had no shortcomings combining that 933 horsepower with an incredible 1,025 pounds-feet of the maximum torque available once the wheels start to spin.
How Does the Lucid Air Dream Range Work?
Not surprisingly, we thought the acceleration of the Air Dream line was impressive, but more capable tires would be a good idea. However, the high-level summary is that it is insane to record a range of 505 miles and a sprint of 0-60 in less than 3 seconds in the same electric car. This remarkable achievement probably has a lot to do with the industry’s first 900-volt electrical architecture, which offers multiple advantages in terms of power and efficiency.
See how the Air Dream range compares to other recently tested EV devices.
|2022 Lucid Air Dream Range||04/04/22||933 hp||1,025 lb-ft||5,232 lb||2.8 sec||10.3 sec @ 132.2 mph|
|2021 Tesla Model S Plaid||08/30/21||1,020 hp||1,050 lb-ft||4,842 lb||2.3 sec||9.4 sec @ 150.8 mph|
|2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580||02/28/22||516 hp||631 lb-ft||5,805 lb||3.9 sec||12.2 sec @ 112.4 mph|
|2022 Rivian R1T||10/25/21||835 hp||908 lb-ft||7,148 lb||3.5 sec||11.9 sec @ 109.9 mph|
the first acceleration into Lucid was quick, but it felt irresistible for a car that produces 933 horsepower. The 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds flashed on our VBox screen, which is significantly shorter than the official time of 2.7 seconds. Admittedly, this official time was achieved on a base prepared with 21-inch summer tires (details revealed by Lucid), but the lack of grip on the all-season tires did not seem to be a limiting factor here.
The settings were rechecked and found that the slip/stability control was on the partially active setting. To activate Launch Control, the system must be fully armed and the drive mode set to Sprint.
By repeating the launching process, which simply involves pressing the brake pedal with your left foot and stepping on the accelerator, Lucid’s spirit animal, an animated blue California grizzly bear with a checkered flag, is summoned and displayed on the driver’s left side of the dashboard.