Tesla Model X Acceleration vs Competing SUVs (+ More Spy Pics)


Two of the awesome facts that came out with the recent Model X design studio leak were acceleration times. Everyone expected them to be great, but they’re actually a bit better than I expected. The “regular” Tesla Model X P90D scoots its big behind to 60 mph in a wicked quick 3.8 seconds, while the Tesla Model X P90D with Ludicrous mode slides to 60 mph in a… well, ludicrous… 3.2 seconds.

Model X Blue 0 Model X Blue 1

That makes the Model X one of the quickest production vehicles in history. Period. It also easily makes the Model X the quickest SUV in history… by a few tenths of a second. Here’s a table initially put together by “tenstringer009” on the TMC forum but slightly modified to include the just-released Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk, which is a Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee, and to clarify a few things:

Model 0–60 Time (seconds) Source
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 4.6 Car & Driver
Range Rover Sport Supercharged 4.6 Car & Driver
Mercedes-Benz ML63S (aka GLE63S) 4.2 MBUSA
BMW X5 M 3.8 Car & Driver
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S 3.8 Porsche USA
Tesla Model X P90D 3.8 Tesla
Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk 3.5 Jeep
Tesla Model X P90D Ludicrous 3.2 Tesla

For some more perspective, the Tesla Model S P85D reportedly goes to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds or 3.2 seconds. At 3.2 seconds, the Model X is almost in the top 30 among all production vehicles ever built, and that list includes super expensive (>$1 million) cars, super impractical (i.e., no windows) cars, super rare (only two of the models have reportedly seen >1,000 sales — the Porsche 911 GT3 at 1,084 and the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4), and only the Tesla Model S can seat up to 7 people.

This is not an incremental improvement, even if the simple acceleration stats make it look like that. This is industry-disrupting insanity. When you add in the fact that the Model X is far more efficient than a Toyota Prius and is super silent and smooth to drive, you can see we’re in a different world. The only real question I have is, how long until all new cars are electrics?

New Model X spy shots via “Tytanium

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  • AaronD12

    “The only real question I have is, how long until all new cars are electrics?”

    Ah, the $1M question. Once people start learning about electric cars and their capabilities, they will accept them. Once range and charging isn’t as much of a (perceived) problem, they will buy them.

    But wait? Doesn’t everyone know about Tesla? That some cars are exclusively electrically-powered? No and no. I run into people who don’t know there are EVs (they think “hybrid”) and many who don’t know who/what Tesla is. Education is the first step.

    • We need a new survey, but one from 2013 (representative of US population) showed 22% were familiar with the Tesla Model S… 31% the Nissan LEAF. Shocked me at the time. Assume it’s not a ton better today. The car enthusiast world and investor world know about Tesla… a bit. But a ton of people still don’t.

      • super390

        That’s appalling. I hate to say it, but the celebrity culture that Musk is enjoying may be the only way to get awareness of his car company through the thick skulls of techno-dolt, celebrity-worshiping Americans. After all, it seems that a self-promoting billionaire can make himself president by throwing out all the restraints in how his party’s leaders are supposed to act and talk. So go ahead, Musk, sell yourself as a real-life Tony Stark when more people know about a fictional superhero than a real American electric car.

        • Sam Rai

          i think that’s exactly what they have been doing. When Musk first got involved it wasn’t a shtick. He was just sincerely geeked up about what they were doing and loved talking about it. His quirky stuttering mixed with cockiness mixed with intense enthusiasm and nerdy genius make for a fascinating person to listen to. I think to this day he’s sincere in his quirkiness….but Tesla also realizes selling the “next Steve Jobs” is the easiest way to sell the next car.

          • Definitely, on both fronts.

            People connect with people. It’s something I’ve presented on, and I’ve highlighted how poorly the cleantech industry has got that. How many cleantech leaders can you picture?

            I don’t know how much of it was planned, but Elon & Tesla are doing it perfectly… just sort of crazy how big the barrier to broader public awareness is.

        • ha, yeah, have to say i agree… it’s a sad state of affairs.

    • Johnny Le

      Actually the question is whether other auto makers can use Tesla’s patents to produce EVs as good. If they can’t, then it will be a long time since Tesla can’t scale to produce 10 million cars a year.

  • TedKidd

    Suggest to anyone buying an ICE that they lease, thereby avoiding capital risk. There is a tipping point coming when ICE resale becomes hard and values drop like a stone.