Live Thread: One week with a Lucid Air

Tom
By Tom Suddard
Sep 8, 2023 | BMW, Road Trip, Live Thread, Lucid, Lucid Air

Photography Courtesy Lucid

Sure, Lucid’s luxury sedan isn’t the most Grassroots car on the planet, but neither was the E39-chassis BMW M5 back when it was on showroom floors.

That’s why we said yes not just to a loan, but to an EV road trip: We’re going to rack up more than 500 miles over the next few days, attempting to find out if the Lucid is a bona-fide performance sedan or just another electric appliance full of donor parts for our next Miata swap.

Follow this thread to tag along in real time as we experience one of the youngest car brands in the country, take an EV road trip and possibly even meet a famous BMW for a little comparison test.

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Comments
Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
9/8/23 11:00 a.m.

I'm interested to learn if it is actually fancy, or is just made to look fancy.

(Looking at you, Mercedes-Benz EQE)

ShawneeCreek
ShawneeCreek GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
9/8/23 12:43 p.m.

Do watch your head as you climb (fall) into the car. That roofline is as low as a Miata with the roof up.

Which trim level of the Lucid Air did you get to play with? Dream, Grand Touring, Touring, Pure?

rsaviciunas
rsaviciunas New Reader
9/8/23 1:27 p.m.

Saw one at an autocross event. Scary fast.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
9/8/23 2:35 p.m.


Car acquired! It's time to go for a drive. We're in the entry-level model, the "Pure"

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
9/8/23 2:38 p.m.

We've got four adults in the car for the first 45 minutes, as my parents need a ride to the airport. There is a shocking amount of space inside--we haven't even opened the frunk and fit four people's luggage inside.

Rear headroom is fine, but Margie smacked her head on the way in.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
9/8/23 2:54 p.m.

Who likes screens?

flistener
flistener New Reader
9/8/23 3:16 p.m.

eh, I could get used to the screens. But, Music - is it quiet enough on the highway to listen to classical music w/o blasting?

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
9/8/23 3:39 p.m.

In reply to flistener :

Yes, it's basically silent on the highway. 

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
9/8/23 3:48 p.m.

It's my "S class money" favorite car right now. It looks about perfect.

 

Is it?

mr2peak
mr2peak GRM+ Memberand Dork
9/8/23 4:23 p.m.

Told my parents to take a good look at one for their next car

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