Warm-Up Lap: Tesla P85D VS. Audi R8 V10

Last week we witnessed a couple of dofuses street racing in their expensive toys with no regard for other people’s safety. The right way to drag race is at a drag strip, which is where we find a Tesla Model S P85D lined up against what one might call an “entry-level” supercar, the Audi R8 5.2 V10. Can the combustion-powered Audi keep up with Elon’s electric masterpiece?

The odds are definitely stacked in the Tesla’s favor, with 691 horsepower to the R8’s measly 570 (thanks to an exhaust and tune upgrade; normally it makes just 525 horsepower and just 391 lb-ft of torque). Both cars do boast all-wheel drive however, with the R8 enjoying Audi’s legendary quattro system coupled with launch control to tame the Lamborghini-derived V10.

Alas, it’s all for naught as the Dual Motor Drive of the Tesla P85D just up and leaves the Audi at the line, and there’s just not enough room for the R8’s higher top speed to reel the Model S in. It makes the $160,000 German supercar look like a Honda Civic in comparison, even though the Audi enjoys a 1,000 pound weight advantage. While there are those that would argue (rightly I’ll add) that Audi had more in mind for the R8 than just straight-line shenanigans, here in America we resolve our automotive arguments a quarter-mile at a time.

Advantage, Tesla.

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.