Although the company is still in its infancy, Lucid has made great strides in an increasingly competitive segment. As we know, Tesla brought consumer electric mobility to life, and competitors like Rivian and Lucid, and others, have long strived to topple the EV tyrant. This discussion, however, focuses on its performance flagship, the Air Sapphire EV. Specifically, its interiors.
Initially, Lucid was a component manufacturer that focused on building batteries and powertrains for electric vehicles. Beginning its journey in 2007 as “Atieva”, the company rebranded itself as Lucid Motors in 2016 while expressing its interest in developing high-performance luxury vehicles.
Lucid Motors has a promising car lineup consisting of its flagship sedan, the Air, alongside the long-talked-about luxury SUV, Project Gravity. Electric vehicle fanatics are thrilled with the recent unveiling of Lucid’s most capable and powerful sedan ever. The Air Sapphire is Lucid’s answer to the Tesla Model S Plaid. The 1200 horsepower 4-door super sedan is all the rage right now. Although the Sapphire is an Air on steroids, its foundations have always been about delivering a luxurious, premium experience. Did the Sapphire treatment make the Lucid Air less comfortable? More importantly, are the new interiors worth the premium? Let’s find out.
2023 Lucid Air Sapphire Shouts Luxury
In terms of luxury, the Lucid Air is packed to the brim with state-of-the-art luxury features that are on par with, if not better than, most of its rivals. The interior is dominated by a massive 34-inch 5K resolution curved screen that floats above the dashboard, contributing to a space-conscious minimalist layout. In addition, the dashboard incorporates high quality machined physical buttons for temperature settings and volume adjustments.
Built from a clean sheet, their very compact Advanced Electrical Platform (LEAP) is able to house all components without compromising interior comfort and space. With its Space Concept philosophy, Lucid Air offers a full-size luxury interior while maintaining a sporty appeal. Her interior has a rich and airy feel, with most of her canopy being glass. Extensive use of premium leather and efficient space management ensure that the cabin remains opulent and luxurious.
Things are relatively the same in the Air Sapphire, but with a dark – or as Lucid would call it – Sapphire Mojave theme. Additionally, the use of leather is minimized and replaced with Alcantara, which for its racy high-performance appeal makes sense. Inside, the new Air Sapphire features 18-way electrically adjustable sport seats, upholstered in black leather and Alcantara with sapphire blue contrast stitching. According to Lucid, the seats, while designed for sporty driving, offer heating, cooling and massage functionality. The dashboard and doors are decorated with dark Mojave wood veneers while the steering wheel and upper structure of the glass roof are trimmed in black Alcantara.
The performance of the Air Sapphire 2023 is breathtaking
According to Lucid, the Air Sapphire is made for car enthusiasts, those who prefer to drive fast while enjoying the car to the fullest. Lucid made some serious modifications to the Air to improve performance and withstand heavy trail abuse. For starters, the Air Sapphire features stiffer front and rear springs, unique damper settings, stiffer bushings, and unique tuning for ABS, traction, stability control, and power steering. electronic. The car rolls on ultra-high performance staggered wheels with Michelin PS4S tyres, measuring 265/35R20 at the front and 295/30R21 at the rear. Standard carbon ceramic brakes provide exceptional stopping power and contribute to Lucid Air Sapphire’s endurance in high performance riding.
Now let’s talk about power. The Lucid Air, in its Dream Edition avatar, develops 1,111 horsepower. But the Air Sapphire produces more than 1,200 horsepower from its tri-motor configuration, making it not only the most powerful electric sedan in the world, but also the most powerful sedan ever made. As for the numbers, the Air Sapphire will accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph in less than two seconds. It’s even better, with acceleration from zero to 100 mph in under four seconds and the standing quarter mile in under nine seconds. Through extensive aerodynamic tweaks, the team achieves a balance between more downforce and reduced drag, improving vehicle stability while improving performance and efficiency.
In terms of exterior design, the Air retains its sleek profile but features a stealthier look. An all-black theme is evident, however, the high-performance flagship is only available in one exterior color option, Sapphire Blue. Lucid has yet to release specs for the 2023 Air Sapphire lineup. But the price has been revealed, and it’s pretty steep. Costing $249,000 before taxes and shipping, the 2023 Lucid Air Sapphire commands a $70,000 premium over the Dream Edition and a whopping $115,000 over its rival, the Tesla Model S Plaid.
Sources: Lucid Engines