Video: Tesla Model S Lines Up Against Corvette C7

Even though Elon Musk may not consider the Tesla Model S to be a “performance car” per se, the instant torque and 416 horsepower means the electric luxury sedan can get moving in a hurry. At the drag strip it has surprised more than one driver, but how does the Tesla Model S P85+ do against a world-class sports car like the 2014 Corvette C7?

Depends on your definition of well. The timeslips are, unfortunately, a little blurry, but the Corvette and Tesla seem fairly evenly matched. The first race sees the Corvette driver sleep at the light a little bit with a fairly slow reaction time, and the Tesla manages to eek out a victory by less than a tenth of a second.

The rematch goes better for the Corvette, though the race is still tight for two cars that shouldn’t even be in the same category. The Corvette is a two-seater with a 6.2 liter V8 engine and weighs in at some 3,200 pounds. The Tesla Model S, meanwhile, has a curb weight of some 4,647 pounds and was built with a luxurious ride in mind. Still, that doesn’t mean it’s slow by any stretch of the imagination.

If I could only own one of these cars, I’d have to choose the Tesla for the overall practicality of it. That’s not to say I don’t love the new Corvette, which still delivers 450 horsepower and a respectable 29 MPG. Not many cars can do that, and the aluminum framed Corvette actually shares more in common with the Tesla than you might think.

But I still think it’d be a lot easier to live with a Tesla than a Corvette these days…and I think that’s really saying something.


Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.