There are many EV startups out there, but few reach the stage of actually having a functioning prototype, let alone start mass production.
Along with Rivian, Lucid Group is one of those who show a lot of promise, and this impression has just grown stronger as the California-based company has let a journalist test drive a pre-production prototype of the Air Dream Edition R.
This is a significant milestone as MotorTrend’s Jonny Lieberman is the first person outside Lucid Motors to get behind the wheel of an Air electric luxury sedan (you can read the exclusive first drive review in full on the magazine's website).
He got to drive the 933-hp Lucid Air Dream Edition R, where R stands for Range—there’s also a 1,111-hp Dream Edition P, for Performance. The R model promises a driving range of more than 500 miles (805 km) thanks to a 113-kWh battery, and Lieberman’s experience confirmed that to be very accurate.
Lieberman drove the Air Dream Edition R from Los Angeles to San Francisco without giving special consideration to preserving range. With a range readout of 503 miles at the start of the trip, the Air had covered 409 miles at the arrival and still had 69 miles of range remaining. That’s remarkably close to the target.
But the Lucid Air is more than just a comfortable and luxurious long-distance cruiser. Lieberman likens it to a “four-door, five-passenger luxury [Nissan] GT-R” that leaps and bounds out of corners. He says it’s shockingly fast, with quick, well-weighted...
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