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I've had my Lucid Air Dream (#38) for a month now. Certainly not without glitches, but the Seattle service team is the best. If you'll be taking delivery soon, you need to realize this is a brand new car. Lucid is still making refinements, and their service team is still in learning mode. In the meantime, it's the fastest car on the road, and handles amazingly well. I just love it when some crappy souped-up car pulls up by my side on the highway, and I gun it for just a moment, to let him see what it can do. It's amazing how quickly it gets to 100 MPH in Smooth mode, without even knowing how fast I'm going. All the looks and compliments alone are worth the $179,000 price tag. Everyone asks the same two questions:

1) What kind of car is that? Answer: "It's a Lucid."
2) Who makes it? Answer: "Lucid."

This car is going to be a real experience, as it keeps evolving. I'm really looking forward to DreamDrive getting enabled, hopefully in the next week or two.
 

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I agree that the 1.99 sec 0-60 for a plaid is under perfect conditions( sticky drag strip, plaid enabled, 95% + SOC ,one foot rollout) the performance LUCID Dream air still is at 2.4 sec which gives a fair amount of wiggle room to the Tesla. The physics of the 400 lb extra weight and lower final drive ratio of the Dream are hard to overcome. This is probably the only metric when comparing the two that I would give an ever so slight edge to the Tesla
 

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The physics of the 400 lb extra weight and lower final drive ratio of the Dream are hard to overcome. This is probably the only metric when comparing the two that I would give an ever so slight edge to the Tesla
As we're getting our Dream day after tomorrow and have had a Model S Plaid in the garage since August, we'll soon be able to give some impressions, but I agree that the Plaid is likely a tad quicker, even when not in launch mode. Also, the much beefier tires on the Plaid (265/295 vs. 245/265 for the Air) will probably mean less traction control intervention in the Plaid.

The more important point, though, is that both of these cars have more power than you'll ever need or use on public roads, and they should only be run against each other on drag strips to test acceleration. To me, acceleration when the car is already at speed will be the most telling indicator of a usable difference between the two cars in everyday driving, and I've seen some indications that the Lucid might actually hold the edge there. But, again, neither car is a slouch there, and any difference is more about bragging rights than real-world utility.

We've yet to drive the Air Dream, but we've already learned never to get fully into the throttle of the Plaid, as the front end goes so light under hard acceleration (due to rearward weight transfer) that it's actually dangerous. Some of this can be tamed by suspension engineering -- and I suspect the Air does a better job of it than the Plaid -- but nothing will repeal the laws of physics.
 

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I agree that the 1.99 sec 0-60 for a plaid is under perfect conditions( sticky drag strip, plaid enabled, 95% + SOC ,one foot rollout) the performance LUCID Dream air still is at 2.4 sec which gives a fair amount of wiggle room to the Tesla. The physics of the 400 lb extra weight and lower final drive ratio of the Dream are hard to overcome. This is probably the only metric when comparing the two that I would give an ever so slight edge to the Tesla
Agree...unless repeatability is in play.
 

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You might have a bit of trouble with a plaid model S just sayin
Or a Taycan Turbo S. But you should be OK with anyone in an Audi who thinks they own the road. Glad you are enjoying it. I ordered mine a year ago, but I am in England and there is still not a release date for one with the steering wheel on the correct side :)
 

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I agree that the 1.99 sec 0-60 for a plaid is under perfect conditions( sticky drag strip, plaid enabled, 95% + SOC ,one foot rollout) the performance LUCID Dream air still is at 2.4 sec which gives a fair amount of wiggle room to the Tesla. The physics of the 400 lb extra weight and lower final drive ratio of the Dream are hard to overcome. This is probably the only metric when comparing the two that I would give an ever so slight edge to the Tesla
Yeah there's been drag races that show the Model S Plaid. Teslas are pretty much electric muscle cars. Best enjoyed in a straight line.

 
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