Lucid Air Clocks Ridiculous New Quarter-Mile Time

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But it can't quite match the latest Tesla Model S Plaid.

Earlier this week, Lucid posted a teaser of its much-hyped Air electric sedan that appeared to be setting yet another quarter-mile record. The teaser implied that the sedan would get to around 9.65 seconds, but an update on the company's social media accounts shows that it did even better than that.

The new quarter-mile time? A blistering 9.245 seconds at a speed of just over 157 mph, presumably from a tri-motor version of the Air. That's a significant improvement on the 9.9-second official time reported for the dual-motor Lucid Air earlier this year, but it's not as sensational as it would've been a few days ago, and that's all thanks to Tesla.

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Elon Musk and his team unveiled the new tri-motor Model S Plaid with a claimed quarter-mile time of under nine seconds and 0-60 mph in under two seconds, which is simply unheard of for a four-door sedan. It takes the sting out of Lucid's "breaking our own records" statement at the end of this latest video for the Air. Not only that, but the Model S Plaid has a range of over 520 miles, which is also more than the Air's EPA-rated 517 miles.

Still, both cars are simply in another league of performance. Over the course of just a couple of months, they've outclassed traditional drag strip heroes like the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock (quarter-mile time of 10.5 seconds). If a coupe with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 generating over 800 horsepower can't outrun an EV anymore, what can?

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Curiously, although Lucid's teaser from a couple of days back showed the Air racing against a Porsche Taycan, there was no sign of the German in the latest video. Even the most powerful Taycan Turbo S would've been left behind by the Air, though, based on this most recent quarter-mile run.

With the first Lucid Air sedans expected to arrive next spring, it's going to be fascinating to see how much of an impact this luxury EV will have on Model S sales. As far as the power and performance battle goes, though, Tesla once again takes the lead, but for how long?

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