In many ways, the Lucid Air is one of the most capable electric vehicles on the market. It’s luxurious, has more than a decent range, and offers an impressive performance. The electric saloon is now also available in Europe and there’s a new drag race coming from the United Kingdom that attempts to answer one important question – can the Air Performance beat the Porsche Taycan Turbo S?
Carwow had access to the two rivals from the EV segment and decided to compare them on the drag strip in a direct drag battle. The two aren’t comparable in terms of price (we’ll get to that part in a minute) but the performance seems pretty similar. Let’s see the dry numbers first.
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The Taycan in Turbo S trim is one of the world’s fastest production electric vehicles. It has a dual-motor setup with a peak output of 761 bhp and 774 lb-ft of instant torque. It is quite heavy, though, tipping the scales at 2,295 kilograms (5,060 pounds) in this configuration. In the United Kingdom, the model is priced at £148,000.
The Lucid Air Performance is a newcomer in the luxury and performance EV market. It also features two electric motors for a combined system peak at 1,111 bhp and 1,025 lb-ft of torque. It is slightly heavier than the Taycan at 2,383 kg (5,254 lbs) and significantly more expensive in the UK – £193,000.
As you can see, there’s a clear winner in terms of power. However, in drag races, power is not everything – traction and weight are also very, very important. Also, Porsche often lists quite conservative figures but its cars always deliver better than expected on the track. Obviously, this means this is going to be a very close race. Even closer than you'd expect.