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Shootout: Tesla Model S beats BMW M5 in a drag race?

Posted Oct 9th 2012 8:00PM


Okay, we'll admit speed isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you pull up next to an electric vehicle. Most of us still picture EV owners slowly surging from 0-100 km/h at a leisurely pace and sacrificing high performance in favour of zero emissions.

Well think again my friends, as times are certainly changing fast and the Tesla Model S is leading the charge for EV performance cars everywhere. The petrol heads at Automobile Magazine decided it was time to put their Tesla Model S Performance sedan up against a fuel-thirsty thoroughbred in a classic drag racing shootout video.

With 560 horsepower on tap, the mighty 2013 BMW M5 has enough power to make most of its occupants cry for mommy while blasting its way down the drag strip at wide open throttle. However, it's worth noting the 416 horsepower and more specifically 443 pound-feet of torque should ensure Tesla's sleeper sedan is no slouch either.

As a little background info, the 2013 BMW M5 banks a brisk 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time of just 3.7 seconds, while the 2013 Model S Performance is said to accelerate from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in a silent but deadly 4.4 seconds.

While we won't ruin the results, we will say it's surprisingly close! Click here to watch the video.

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News Source: Automobile Magazine via YouTube

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Thomas Fisher

Your performance numbers that you printed are an "apples and oranges" comparison because the testing methodology is different. In fact, Model S Performance has been tested at 4.3 0-60 without rollout and 3.9 with rollout. The equivalent numbers are 4.3 (manual transmission) and 4.1 (DCT) for M5 with no rollout and ~3.7 with rollout for the DCT.

The DCT numbers for the M5 are using "launch control". If you do not execute the launch perfectly, you are quite a bit slower than the Model S because the Model S is very consistent and only requires you to press the accelerator.

When you factor it all together the Model S won 2 out of 3 times because the M5 is only marginally faster (but consistently so) when you launch perfectly, while the Model S is consistent on every run.

October 09 2012 at 8:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply