The Tesla Model S is probably the best electric car in the world right now…and it’s also really freakin’ fast. But just how fast, compared to cars that rival it in power, speed, and cost? Automobile Magazine lined a top-of-the-line Tesla Model S up against a 560 horsepower BMW M5 to see which luxury sports sedan was faster.
You’ll have to watch the video to find out who wins, but I will lay some stats on you. The Tesla Model S with the 85 kWh battery pack and Signature Performance Pack has a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds and a price of $97,900 (before the tax credit). Power is rated as 416 horsepower and 443 ft-lbs of torque, all of it available instantly.
The new 2013 BMW M5 makes 560 horsepower and 500 ft-lbs of torque from a 4.4 liter V8 engine and claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds. Pricing starts at $89,000, about the same price as the Tesla Model S after the tax credit.
In other words, these are two very evenly matched vehicles in terms of both power and price. While the BMW has the raw numbers on its side, the Tesla Model S has instant torque thanks to its all-electric drivetrain. I won’t tell you who wins, but I will say that Teddy Roosevelt once said something about speaking softly but carrying a big stick…
Source: Automobile Magazine