Published on September 4th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan
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.
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“