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Published on October 10th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro

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5 Supercars Slower Than The Tesla Model S P85D

October 10th, 2014 by  
 

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Elon Musk’s big secret was a 691 horsepower all-wheel drive Tesla Model S P85D which he claims is the fastest four-door sedan ever built. With a 3.2 second sprint from 0 to 60 MPH, Musk is right to describe it as one’s own persona roller coaster, and the Model S can indeed rank itself amongst the world’s fastest cars.

Life is all about perspective though, and while 3.2 seconds is indeed quick, it helps to compare that number to some other well-know supercars. Here’s a list of five vehicles the Model S P85D can out-accelerate in a race of 60 MPH.

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2014 Porsche 911 GT3

Once the crown jewel of the Porsche lineup, the 911 GT3 now plays second fiddle to the 918 Spyder as the top-performing vehicle. That’s not to say it’s by any means slow though, as Porsche officially quotes a 0 to 62 MPH time of 3.5 seconds. Some outlets have managed to do even better than that, and with a 3.8 liter turbocharged V6 to boot. It’s the smallest engine in this lineup, and with just 475 horsepower one of the least powerful.

The secret is in a low curb weight that allows for superb acceleration, albeit acceleration that can’t match the all-wheel drive Model S. In fairness though, the Porsche 918 Spyder can go from 0 to 62 MPH in as little as 2.5 seconds…but it also costs $887,000, more than all the other cars in this list combined.

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2014 Shelby GT500

Ford blew the car world away when it rolled out the 662 horsepower Shelby GT500 at the 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show, ushering in a new era of high-horsepower muscle cars. Boasting a supercharged 5.8 liter V8 and a top speed of 202 MPH, the GT500 offers the most horsepower value for your dollar at just $55,000 new.

But while it has a higher top speed than the new top Tesla, the huge V8 still takes 3.5 seconds to push the Mustang from 0 to 60 MPH. That’s a third of a second slower than the Tesla, which happens to outweigh the super ‘Stang by about 1,000-lbs. Instant torque will do that.

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2014 SRT Viper

While the GT500 has a pretty big motor, it is absolutely dwarfed by the 8.3 liter V10 found in the 2014 SRT Viper. Cranking out a healthy 640 horsepower without the use of forced induction, the Viper also comes in at a relatively svelte 3,354-lbs, which lets it race down the quarter-mile in just 11.5 seconds.

Compared to almost any other car, the 3.3 second run to 60 MPH is almost inconceivably fast, but the Tesla Model S is quicker by a blink. Viper sales have been pretty low because of the $100,000 starting price, though Tesla has had no such problem there, with buyers having to wait months to take delivery of their electric cars. Chrysler actually had to cut the price of the Viper by some 20% just to stimulate sales.

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Ferrari 599 GTO

If I were to ever own a Ferrari, this is almost certainly the one I’d own. Its 6.0 liter V12 makes spine-tingling 661 horsepower for what Ferrari claims is a 3.35 second sprint to 60 MPH and a top speed of 208 MPH, plus a whole suite of race-bred performance technology that put this supercar in a category all its own.

Yet it’s still not quite as quick as the latest and greatest Tesla, and for the $489,000 price tag plus uber rarity (just 125 were made I believe), it’s by far the rarest car on this list.

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McLaren F1

Technically the all-wheel drive Tesla isn’t faster than the McLaren F1, but rather just as fast as it shares the same 3.2 second 0 to 60 MPH sprint. That’s because the original hypercar is the bar Elon Musk set in terms of desired performance, and by Nikola he’s done it. It’s fair to mention that the McLaren F1 debuted 22 years ago, and at an astronomical price point (which has since risen past $10 million for one of the 106 units produced). Even though it’s more thab two decades old though, the 6.1 liter V12 still crammed out 627 horsepower, and it only weighs a little over 2,500-lbs, quite literally half what the AWD Model S comes in at.

There’s an old saying that there’s no replacement for displacement, but Tesla is showing that electric motors are more than up to the task. While it may not necessarily be as fast as these other cars thanks to a 155 MPH top speed, it’s more than up to the task of keeping these cars in check in your standard contest of acceleration.

I can’t wait for the first crop of videos to show the all-wheel drive Tesla Model S P85D blowing all sorts of supercars out of the water. Let’s see what the haters have to see then.


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  • EVFest

    It would seem that if Tesla could find a strong and durable 2-speed Gearbox, they could launch quicker and even get a better top speed, which is currently gear ratio limited by the Max motor rpm’s.

    • Steve Grinwis

      I love the internet… We build an electric car faster than a GT3, and the response is ‘but faster!’

      Just wait until the next roadster!

      • jeffhre

        Quicker?

  • smartacus

    The 2012 model year F12 replaced the legendary 599 Series a couple of years ago

    -smart ED may be slower to 60, but it can almost split lanes like a motorcycle so you can squeeze through and make your right turn instead of waiting behind that woman in the SUV at the light.
    -and it can fit an entire Home Depot bathroom vanity cabinet plus sink by lowering the tailgate:)

    • Steve Grinwis

      I love my Smart for that…

    • I am aware the 599 is out of production, but if I had a half-million dollars to blow on a Ferrari, it’d be the 599 GTO. To me it is everything a Ferrari should aspire to be.

  • jameskatt

    The biggest problem with the Tesla is that you can’t drive more than 275 miles on it at a time. And you can’t just spontaneously take a drive since you don’t know where you can recharge the car. It is a car primarily for local use.

    • NorwegianThirtySomething

      275 miles range is “local”? Where do you live? Alaska?

      Tesla’s biggest strength is clearly its Supercharger network. No other electric car manufacturer has anything remotely resembling it.

      • I love how people say stupid things… “well, if I wear a diaper and radio ahead for someone to pre-pay at the pump, I only have to stop for 90 seconds and then I can drive 400 miles with my gasoline bladder in the trunk” yea, because that’s how 90% of the world drives their cars. People are stupid.

    • Christopher DeMorro

      275 miles @ 75 MPH is over 3.5 hours of driving. It’s also about the same distance the average person drives in a week. At 275 miles, most people wouldn’t have to plug in but a couple of times a week.

    • Jim Smith

      275 mile spontaneous trip!?!? wow. must be nice to have so much money you don’t have to work or do anything.

      • jeffhre

        LOL, Hi honey, I got the milk and some eggs. Oh, hey I’m heading out – be back in…a week!

        Yeah, I do that every day, LOL!

      • And you can do that. Superchargers take like 20 min.

    • Between my wife and I we drive a little more than 275 miles per week. We’d have to plug in once to get us through an average week, and batteries are only getting better.

    • djr417

      If only there was an app that told you where the nearest charging stations were…. or where the outlet in most home garages was…. It would almost be as useful as an app that stopped people from stupid trollish comments.

      • Brian H

        The combo of Tesla’s Nav system and the Plugshare app/site pretty much does that. Superchargers have been opening at a rate of >1/day worldwide recently. Even some inside cities for apartment dwellers. All free/included to owners, of course.

    • Every major highway in the US will have a supercharger within 180 miles range by the end of 2015 (which is before you could even get a Model X if you ordered it today) By the way, most human beings who consume liquids can’t drive for 275 miles without stopping either… 15 min. is all you need (from 0%) to get to the next super charger. It takes that long to pee and fill up with gas with no lines. This is (obviously) not a problem for Tesla as they are A YEAR AND A HALF backed up on their next model. They are SOLD OUT. So I think “problem” is overblowing it a bit. My Chrysler T&C can only go 218 miles without stopping.

    • davidahn

      Charge your Tesla at home, it’s cheap. Charge at Superchargers, it’s FREE. What other car lets you drive across the country and spend $0 on gas? With Tesla’s new firmware, the car is always aware of your nearest Supercharger, where you can replenish 50% of your charge in 20 minutes while you take a potty and fast food break. If you’ve ever traveled with women and children, you know you never go 275 miles without a break.

  • jameskatt

    Once fuel cell cars come in, it would be simple to build cars faster than the Tesla. Just get 4 electric motors – one for each wheel.

    • AaronD12

      The problem with that is fuel cells by themselves don’t produce enough power even for a small EV at continuous full power. They rely on a battery for those off-the-line bursts of power.

    • jeffhre

      Back to the internets – more research for you!

  • Jonny_K

    Most of those cars maybe all of them would be better than the Tesla on a track because it is very, very heavy, about 4900 pounds, which makes cornering a challenge, stopping too. As Christopher mentions, it’s about twice the weight of the McClaren. You’re asking a lot of those tires. Still, I like it.

    • jeffhre

      Maybe because it seats 5+2, has two trunks, and enough mass to crumple to become one of the safest sedans ever made.

    • Offgridman

      With Tesla’s electro mechanical braking system rather than hydraulic control it has no problems with stopping quickly and under better control than most other cars. Combined with the regenerative braking from the electric motors it is just as good at stopping as it is at accelerating.
      And as for cornering that is why the majority of the weight, the battery and motors were designed into the bottom. It does just as well as most sports cars that are thrown off balance by the weight of the ICE being off from center, or to high.
      Perhaps you could try driving one before offering up invalid criticisms.

      • Jonny_K

        Didn’t mean to offend anyone. I think the Tesla S is a fantastic car which, indeed, I have driven, quick too, really quick. But if anyone wants to bet on which car will make it around Laguna Seca with a snappier time, a Tesla S or a Porche GT3 I’d be happy to take the bet. It is amusing that the S has quicker 0-60 times than all sorts of racy cars, and yes has a low center of mass etc., but that still doesn’t make it a track car. It doesn’t really try to be a track car and isn’t. A GT3? Killer track car. Tesla S, surprisingly competent on a track, killer everything else car.

      • Jonny_K

        I didn’t mean to offend anyone. The S is a fantastic car which,
        indeed, I have driven. It’s quick too, really quick. But if anyone wants
        to place a bet on which will make it around Laguna Seca with a snappier
        time, a Tesla S or a Porche GT3, I’ll take that that bet. Yes, it has a
        low center of mass and all that but that still doesn’t make it a track
        car. GT3? Killer track car. A Tesla S, is surprisingly and amusingly
        competent on a track, killer everything else car.

        Update: I just
        found Fastest Laguna Seca track times on the web. Tesla S Performance
        Model is #84 on the list. The cars in the article or close relatives are
        all higher with a Viper SRT shockingly holding down the #2 spot. In a
        race, though, I’d take a GT3 over Dodge but that’s a different subject.

        http://fastestlaps.com/tracks/

        • Logical Thinker

          Dude, that’s for the Tesla P85.

          NOT THE NEW P85D.
          BIG difference.

    • Jonny_K

      I didn’t mean to offend anyone. The S is a fantastic car which, indeed, I have driven. It’s quick too, really quick. But if anyone wants to place a bet on which will make it around Laguna Seca with a snappier time, a Tesla S or a Porche GT3, I’ll take that that bet. Yes, it has a low center of mass and all that but that still doesn’t make it a track car. GT3? Killer track car. A Tesla S, is surprisingly and amusingly competent on a track, killer everything else car.

      Update: I just found Fastest Laguna Seca track times on the web. Tesla S is #84 on the list. The cars in the article or close relatives are all higher with a Viper SRT shockingly holding down the #2 spot . In a race, though, I’d take a GT3 over Dodge but that’s a different subject.

      http://fastestlaps.com/tracks/laguna_seca.html

      • Logical Thinker

        Again, wrong car to reference there. It doesn’t list the Tesla P85D yet.

        • The Tesla has the #1 7 seat sedan on that list. This is a ridiculous conversation.

          • Brian H

            Yeah, a list weighting times ‘per occupant’ would be interesting. Most entrants here are 2 seaters!

    • jeffhre

      Perhaps your are right. It doesn’t stop like a sports car engineered to near race specifications. Though with all of it’s shortcomings it manages to stop faster than the 2015 Mercedes S550!

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  • Shelby Cobra Super Snake (Carroll Shelby’s personal car, which is going up for auction later this year, and dubbed “The Scariest Car in the World”) goes 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. Elon should buy it. Last time is sold (2007) for over $5M

    • jeffhre

      Yes it is limited! If only they could add to the frunk and trunk storage combo, 5+2 seating, sedan with the convenience of a hatch, air ride suspension etc by putting in a two speed trans.

      Gosh if only the fastest and safest sedan in the world could travel not only with zero emissions, break 2,0 in zero to sixty, with a top speed of over 200 MPH. Oh why, why, whyyyyyyy! Sob, they just aren’t trying hard enough!!!!!!

  • They should all race in the 1/4 mile with 5 adults and two kids in them at the end of a 200 mile road trip.

    (Anyone complaining about the limitations of the Tesla are just ignorant…)

  • GT3s are not turbocharged

    • The Tesla is not supercharged either.

  • Jay Geddes

    GT3 is normally aspirated. It is not turbo charged. This article was not written by a car enthusiast

  • davidahn

    I know it’s been a while, but the P85D now does 3.1 seconds with a firmware update. Gotta love software.

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