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Tesla Model S finally has its date with a dyno

Posted Jan 16th 2013 8:00PM


The performance abilities – and even the burnout potential – of the Tesla Model S is well documented these days, but, surprisingly, we have yet to see the all-electric luxury hatchback strapped to a dyno. Fortunately, the dyno-happy crew over at Dragtimes posted a video that finally gave us some real-world numbers for the family- and environmentally friendly Tesla.

As the article points out, the results might be off a little (on the low side) due to the run not starting from a dead stop, but the numbers are impressive nonetheless. Immediately upon throttle application, the dyno records almost 300 horsepower at zero miles per hour, and power peaks at 368 hp at around 55 mph (88 km/h) before trailing off to around 220 hp closer to the car's limited 130-mph (210 km/h) top speed. This compares quite favorably to the power numbers provided by Tesla putting max output at 416 hp; the dyno provided no torque figures for the car. Dragtimes also says that this number bodes well for the car on the track, too, quoting a quarter-mile time of 12.2 seconds at 112 mph (180 km/h).

Watch the video of the zero-emission dyno session posted after the jump.

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