Tesla Model S P85D VS. Lamborghini Aventador Drag Race

It’s a new year, a new you, and a new auto industry thanks to Elon Musk. Tesla Motors was in the news almost everyday in 2014, and 2015 could be an even bigger year for the electric automaker. What better way to celebrate how Tesla has challenged the auto industry than a drag race pitting the Model S P85D against a pair of powerful Lamborghinis.

This is a follow-up to the P85D vs. Ferrari video that lit up the Internet last month, and the first challenger is a Lamborghini Aventador. This is arguably the most balanced drag race you could ask for when pitting an electric car versus a combustion engine. Packing the same 691 horsepower and all-wheel drive as the P85D, the Aventador isl nearly 900 pounds lighter (4,085 to 4,936) than the top-of-the-line Tesla, though in the opening seconds of the drag race that hardly seemed to matter. Off the line both cars with nose-to-nose, but the P85D soon pulled away by about a car length before the Lamborghini’s superior top speed allowed it to reel the Tesla in. It was surprisingly close race between the upstart electric sedan and 21st century Italian supercar.

So what’s it feel like? According to the buyer of the P85D (who bought it as a Christmas present for his mom), the sense of acceleration is quite different between the Tesla and the Lamborghinis.

With the Tesla, it felt like a 50-lb person was laying flat on your face and chest and stays that way for a few seconds. The way the Aventador feels is like being a boat on strong waves and you keep rocking back and forth between the gear shifts. And at each gear shift, you feel like you’re being tugged very heavily or kicked in the back from behind (depending on how you want to view it). The Tesla felt more like you’re being dropped from the second floor but you’re falling horizontally and not vertically. They’re two completely different feelings of acceleration. What’s amazing is that the Tesla kept up with the Aventador all the way up to around 80 mph, which is probably the highest you’d want to go anyway if you wanted to keep your driving legal.

But wait, there’s more! The same P85D then lined up against a Lamborghini Gallardo P570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale, over which the Tesla holds a 130 horsepower advantage. However, that long name denotes an extra low weight, with the Lamborghini tipping the scales at just under 3,000 pounds. It mattered not to the P85D though, which launched way out ahead of the Stradale, and it took some time for the Lambo to catch up to the Tesla, once again emphasizing that instantaneous torque. There’s a whole list of supercars the P85D can keep up with thanks to its 3.2 second 0 to 60 MPH time, which should hopefully compel Lamborghini to bring its own plug-in supercar out sooner rather than later.

The Tesla Model S P85D can hang with the best Italy has to offer, at least up to 80 MPH. Give Elon Musk a few more years, and a 200 MPH Tesla doesn’t seem out of the question if you ask me.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.