by Scooter Doll
For over a year now, I have been planning a trip up the coast with my parents to San Francisco.
What a perfect opportunity to test out the new Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance! Lucid Motors lent me its latest EV, and we were off in search of coastal views, some Chicago Cubs wins, and a genuine test of how the Grand Touring Performance would handle a 450-mile road trip north. Here’s how it went.
The Air Grand Touring Performance was initially announced by Lucid Motors in April, promising 446 miles of range, 1,050 horsepower, and 0-60 mph acceleration in 2.6 seconds. I had driven the Air Dream Edition Performance in October in Arizona and got to experience the full bore of its 1,111 horsepower in “Sprint” mode.
Ever since that fleeting moment, I’ve craved that feeling of pure, nasty speed and saw an opportunity to satisfy it. I had had a trip up the coast with my parents planned for months, navigating CA-1 from the South Bay of Los Angeles to a city by the different bay, San Francisco.
Knowing Lucid Motors has footprints in Los Angeles and an HQ up north, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask, and they gracefully obliged. I picked up a shiny new Air Grand Touring Performance from Lucid’s showroom in Beverly Hills, and the next day, we were off.
Cargo space was a nonissue for four of us in the electric sedan. We all would be flying our own ways home from SF, so we had luggage of varying sizes. Some in the front, some in the lower storage of the trunk, and two larger suitcases on top. Plenty of room to spare.
Our route was about 7.5 hours of total driving, equating to roughly 460 miles. It consisted of Hermosa Beach to Pismo Beach, an overnight stay in Monterey, then Monterey to San Francisco the following day.