The Tesla Model S has shown the world just how great a well-made electric car can be. Available with either a 60 kWh or 85 kWh battery pack, the Model S comes in several different power levels, depending on your need for speed. So just how much faster is a 85 kWh Model S versus the 60 kWh version? A DragTimes video reveals the gap in performance between these two.
Tesla rates the 60 kWh Model S at 225 kW, or about 302 horsepower. The standard 85 kWh Model S, which costs an additional $10,000, is rated at 270 kW, or 362 horsepower, and the Performance version is rated at 310 kW, or 416 horsepower. In tests, DragTimes has shown that the top-tier Model S can complete the quarter-mile in just 12.3 seconds, and going from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.
Tesla officially rates the ¼ mile time of the 60 kWh Model S at 14.2 seconds, with a 5.9 0-60 mph sprint, a conservative estimate it seems after watching this side-by-side comparison video. In the video, DragTimes is able to run the quarter-mile in just 13.7 seconds, and 0 to 60 mph takes just 5.1 seconds, a significant advantage over the “official” ratings.
Why would Tesla underrate their own cars? It’s a very old trick, dating back to the muscle car wars of the 1960s to throw off insurance providers and competing automakers. There’s also the old saying that it is better to overdeliver than overpromise, and I doubt we’ll hear any complaints from Model S owners that their car is too fast.