- Our latest Edmunds U-Drags battle pits the BMW M8 Competition against our long-term test car, the Lucid Air GT.
- The M8 is on a winning streak at U-Drags, but the Lucid is looking to bring that to an end.
- This matchup shows that power is not the only thing you need to be victorious at U-Drags.
Lucid Air GT vs. BMW M8 Competition Edmunds U-Drags: A Matter of Brakes and Tires
Two luxury bombers duke it out, and one reigns supreme
The BMW M8 Competition is fresh off of a victory against its smaller sibling, the M3 Comp, at Edmunds U-Drags. While those races were surprisingly close, the M8 took care of business and earned itself a new challenger: our long-term test vehicle, the Lucid Air Grand Touring.
We’ve learned through previous races that the M8 is not to be underestimated. Its 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 makes a ground-stomping 617 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque with that power going to all four wheels. The Lucid also has abundant power to play with: 819 hp and 885 lb-ft, also with all-wheel drive. As expected, the Lucid has more weight to push around compared to its combustion-powered rival. However, it has a better weight-to-power ratio of 6.38 pounds per horsepower, compared to the M8’s 6.83 pounds per hp.
But as we’ve seen many times before, power is only a piece of the pie when it comes to U-Drags, a format where every bit of a car’s performance ability is tested. Check the video with both races to see how this one shakes out.
Edmunds U-Drags overview
A traditional drag race is all about straight-line speed, but true performance is about so much more. That’s why we invented U-Drags, a short head-to-head race format that tests acceleration, braking and handling. The two cars sprint from a standing start to the quarter-mile mark, brake hard into a U-turn, then hustle back to the start-finish line. After that, we switch drivers and lanes and run a second race to make sure both cars get a fair shot at glory.
The graphic below gives you a visual representation of how it all works. Check it out, then keep scrolling for all the details.
While the Lucid impresses with brutal acceleration, it's the BMW that leaves us a bit speechless. The combination of power and poise on our U-Drags course has proven to be a winning one.