Lucid is after the ultimate EV customer, a consumer who lives a lifestyle that many of us could only dream of. To show off its latest addition, Lucid invited UnnamedProject out to an exquisite house in the hills of Los Angeles. While we were immediately drawn to the style and decadence of the house, Lucid’s latest addition, the Air Sapphire was centerstage and the star.
Lucid has firmly established itself as one of the premier electric vehicle (EV) brands, particularly evident in the incredible range offered by its flagship Lucid Air model. This electric sedan boasts a remarkable travel capability of up to 516 miles on a single charge, surpassing the Tesla Model S by over 100 miles. Expanding their prowess, Lucid is now unveiling the Lucid Air Sapphire, a high-performance vehicle that retains an impressive driving range.
The Lucid Air Sapphire is powered by an impressive three-motor powertrain that generates an astonishing 1,234 horsepower and 1,430 pound-feet of torque, positioning it as the most potent four-door production sedan to date. Such immense power translates to a quick 0-60 mph time of 1.89 seconds, outpacing even the Model S Plaid by a tenth of a second. With a top speed of 205 mph, the Air Sapphire delivers a truly exhilarating performance.
Sad to say we only had a few hours with the Air Sapphire, but even during our brief drive around Los Angeles it was everything. Lucid’s Director of Vehicle Dynamics, David Lickfold, accompanied me, providing insights into various driving modes, performance enhancements, and the vehicle’s capabilities.
Despite the bustling Los Angeles traffic during our midday drive, the Air Sapphire’s excellence was unmistakable. Lickfold expertly instructs me when to unleash the accelerator’s full power and demonstrates the impressive torque vectoring around corners.
In the Smooth mode, the Air Sapphire exhibits a robust 767 horsepower, resulting in swift acceleration. Even in this mode, the vehicle’s acceleration is noteworthy. Lickfold encouraged me to further exploit the torque vectoring by applying more power through turns.
Transitioning to the middle Swift driving mode, the Air Sapphire’s rear electric motors contribute to enhanced torque vectoring. Lickfold directed me to aggressively press the pedal during a 90-degree turn, prompting the system to allocate more power to the outer rear wheel. Surprisingly, even with full acceleration, there was no wheel spin—a remarkable feat considering the vehicle’s power.
Engaging the top-spec Sapphire mode transforms the Air into a supercar. Despite the traffic limitations, I experienced an adrenaline rush when Lickfold instructed me to floor the pedal while entering an on-ramp onto the 405 freeway. Within moments, the Lucid became a rocket and it started accelerating to go well beyond the speed limit but we kept it 64 mph.
The Air Sapphire’s accomplishments during the drive left us yearning for more. Demonstrating its potential to satisfy those seeking supercar-level performance without compromising on space for five passengers. In short, this ride bridges the gap between supercar performance and four-door practicality, cementing its place as the quintessential supercar with more than 2 doors.