Comparing The Tesla Model X P85D To Other Luxury SUVs


Despite delays, the Tesla Model X remains one of the most anticipated cars of 2015 despite a lack of readily available details. All we can say for sure about the Tesla Model X is it will have falcon-wing doors, all-wheel drive, and some kind of towing capacity. Still, that’s enough to start drawing comparisons to the SUVs the Model X will compete against once it goes on sale.

EVObsession came across this post over at the Tesla Motors Club forums, where contributor MartinAustin put together the chart below with some guesstimates regarding the Model X, and how it stacks up to competitive vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.


The Model S P85D starts at over $105,000, and Elon Musk has already said the Model X will be a bit more expensive than the Model S, so the $110,000 price point is probably fair, though perhaps a bit on the low side. The 4.0 sprint from 0 to 60 MPH is also an assumption based on I-don’t-know-what, but that seems like a more reasonable estimate since the Model S P85D can go from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, but the Model X will be bigger and heavier.

All that aside, you can see clearly that while the Model X P85D is on the high side of costs, but the low side of acceleration (that’s a good thing). If the estimated 4-second 0 to 60 MPH time turns out to be true, only the aforementioned Porsche Cayenne Turbo S even comes close in terms of acceleration and price. The Mercedes G63 AMG is priced at $136,000, but would be more than a full second slower at 5.3 seconds to 60 MPH.

Also included in the comparison is a GMC Typhoon, the short-lived Chevy Blazer-based performance truck that was powered by an engine taken from the Buick Grand National. Besides the Model X, this is the only other SUV on this list I’d actually want in my own garage, and I’m glad it was included in the comparison.

There are a lot of assumptions made in this comparison, but they’re not entirely unfair. On the other hand, automakers like Audi are preparing direct counters for the Tesla Model X and Model S, so who can so for sure just how long the advantage will be in Elon’s favor.


Christopher DeMorro

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