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Published on July 20th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan

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10 Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, & McLarens The Ludicrous Tesla Model S Is Quicker Than

July 20th, 2015 by  
 

As I wrote the other day, the “Ludicrous” Tesla Model S is by some standards the quickest production car in history. But if you are going to count some of those cars as “production cars” and strictly take their 0–60 mph times into account (not their 0–30 mph times or their straight acceleration off the line), sure, a few of them are “quicker.”

However, even using that as your measuring stick, the Ludicrous Tesla Model S is quicker than most of the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, & McLarens out there on the road. It’s quicker than most Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, & McLaren models. It makes these wonderful cars look overpriced, out of date, and simply of another era.

So, for a little more fun on this front, I thought I’d run down 10 super quick Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, & McLarens that the Ludicrous Tesla Model S burns. Have a look:

1. Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670–4 SuperVeloce

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Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670–4 SuperVeloce by Spezadams (some rights reserved)

Starting with the most controversial, Road & Track recorded the Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670–4 SuperVeloce going from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Tesla says the Ludicrous Tesla Model S does the same, but someone is sure to test it doing so faster (as happened with the Tesla P85D). And, again, if these cars are tied going to 60 mph, you know for sure the Tesla is way quicker for the first part of that run.

2. McLaren MP4-12C

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McLaren MP4-12C by M 93 (some rights reserved)

Next to bite the dust is the McLaren MP4-12C. This 2-door supercar can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds (same as the Tesla P85D) according to its maker, but has been recorded hitting that mark in 2.9 seconds according to Car & Driver. Sorry, that just doesn’t cut it anymore.

3. Porsche 911 GT3

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Porsche 911 GT3 by Christian Junker – AHKGAP (some rights reserved)

The Porsche 911 GT3 is a high-performance version of the already wicked and iconic Porsche 911. It’s a speed demon. But it’s more akin to a golden retriever when compared with the Ludicrous Tesla Model S. It can reportedly hit 60 mph from a standstill in 3 seconds flat. I guess it’s fitting that it falls in at #3 here. 😀

4. Ferrari 458 Italia

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Ferrari 458 Italia by IFCAR (some rights reserved)

As General Motors rightly claims in its ad for the Chevy Spark EV, even the Spark EV has more torque than a Ferrari 458 Italia. Indeed, as does the Tesla Model S. Of course, the Chevy Spark EV still needs about 7.2 seconds to get to 60 mph, while the Ferrari 458 Italia can get there in ~3 seconds… but the Ludicrous Model S can easily burn the Ferrari by hitting the mark in 2.8 seconds… or fewer.

But I’m going to lie, that Ferrari is a beauty, isn’t it?

5. Enzo Ferrari

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Enzo Ferrari by Karrmann (some rights reserved)


 

Who’s next to take a back seat to the Model S? That would be the Enzo Ferrari. This supercar was actually named after Ferrari’s founder, Enzo Ferrari. But me thinks Enzo would be a Tesla fanboi and in love with the Model S if he were alive today. According to Ferrari (the company), the Enzo (the car) can do 0–60 mph in 3.3 seconds, while Motor Trend has reportedly clocked it going there in 3.14 seconds.

6. McLaren F1

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McLaren F1 (some rights reserved)

As you may well know, Elon Musk bought a McLaren after making a ton of cash off of one of his first startups (Zip2). It was indeed a McLaren F1 for ~$1 million. I guess he wouldn’t give it a glance if he had just made his first fortune, as he’d be all about the Model S (that he, in fact, was Chief Product Architect on). The McLaren F1, which Musk wrecked, can reportedly hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds (boooooring).

7. Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

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Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano by Sovxx (some rights reserved)

The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is a beautiful Porsche-like speed demon that I wouldn’t mind driving, but it is no Tesla Model S. The “sluggish” Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano needs a full 3.7 seconds to get to 60 mph, according to Ferrari, or 3.3 seconds, according to Car & Driver. Anyhow, yeah, I love this car. (Just not its greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution.)

8. Porsche Panamera Turbo

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Porsche Panamera Turbo by Otis Blank (some rights reserved)

We’re getting far away from the Ludicrous Model S, but in the interest of making this a “top 10” list, I’ll keep pushing through. The Porsche Panamera Turbo (yawn) also takes 3.7 seconds to get to 60 mph, according to Porsche, while Car & Driver clocked it at 3.3 seconds (on their way to get some coffee, I presume).

9. Lamborghini Murciélago LP640

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Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 (some rights reserved)

Ah, we finally found another Lamborghini that could be mentioned in the same article as the Ludicrous Tesla Model S. The Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 can reportedly hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Seems to be a popular number with this older generation, eh? About 23 years old and already starting to show its wrinkles. What a shame.

(Honestly, though, that’s a pretty wicked car, as are the other cars on this list — among the fastest cars in the world….)

10. Ferrari 599 GTO

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Ferrari 599 GTO by Nate Hawbaker (some rights reserved)

So, the last car here is another Ferrari that the Ludicrous Model S can smoke. The Ferrari 599 GTO can reportedly go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. The poor turtle.

But seriously, what a beauty. Still, I wouldn’t drop the cash on it over the Tesla Model S P85D or P90D or even the Tesla Model S 70D, even if didn’t cost several times more than these Teslas. It doesn’t have the instant torque. It doesn’t have the efficiency. It can’t drive on sunshine. It doesn’t have the infotainment system and continual swarm of over-the-air updates. It doesn’t have the Supercharger network (well, not that it needs one, but anyway). And, well, it’s not a Tesla. It’s just a Ferrari.

What do the fastest cars in the world have on the Ludicrous Tesla Model S? Not much. Not much at all. And most have nothing on it from 0–60 mph.





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  • MorinMoss

    No one who buys anyone of those cars is going to drive them only up to 60 mph so let’s see what the P90D is capable of once it’s released & tested.
    Musk did promise that it should take significantly less to reach top speed but didn’t give a firm number.

    • i feel like i saw 40% quicker to top speed somewhere. but not sure. it is after the 0-30 that it gets the boost.

      • MorinMoss

        We’ll have to wait to see what testing from the car review sites like Car & Driver come up with.
        C&D tests of the P85D showed that from a standing start, it’s roughly competitive with the 2014 Audi RS7 up to ~90 mph but way behind at 120 mph.
        I’m curious to see how much improvement there’s been.

      • Maxwell Erickson

        I found a quote that says it will take “10% quicker to reach 60 mph and 20% quicker to reach top speed”

      • MorinMoss

        Just found this on the Tesla Motors Design Studio:
        “”Ludicrous Speed decreases the 0-60 mph time for Model S 10% to 2.8 seconds with a quarter mile time of 10.9 seconds. Time to 155 miles per hour is now 20% faster than a standard Model S”

        If Tesla can reduce the 0-120 / 0-130 mph times by 10%, that’ll be 12s / 15.1s respectively. If they manage 20% then it’s 10.7s / 13.4s so it’ll be a few tenths ahead at 120 mph and a few behind at 130 mph of a 2014 Audi RS7 and will get to 150 mph in 23.5s, almost 6 seconds quicker than the P85D can manage.

  • Maxwell Erickson

    I feel a bit cheated at the Murcielago, but the rest of the list is fascinating.

  • Bubba Nicholson

    Toys for playtime, like racing, a distraction. Marketing. R & D. Note that the S does not appear to need the wastefully expensive special alloys of the old junk ICE race cars.

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