Surprisingly, Tesla’s model S P100D has beaten some of the fastest production cars on the planet and set the bar high for other automobile makers.
The company’s full-sized four-door liftback P100D broke the record for the fastest accelerating production car reaching 0-60 in just 2.28 seconds. The feat was achieved during a test conducted by Motor Trend, putting the car ahead of major sports car brands that include Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren.
Tesla’s Model S P100D is an all-electric, four wheel drive luxury sedan that packs around 760 horsepower but weighs a hefty 4,891-pounds. It costs about $135,000 compared to a $1.5 million Ferrari LaFerrari, $1.1 McLaren P1 or the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder.
Apart from the price and speed difference, the Tesla Model S boasts two spacious trunks and can seat up to seven people, including two small children facing rearward.
It’s also a fairly heavy weight helping its tires grip the road, according to Motor Trend writer Frank Markus.
Going from 0-60 is quite a clever way for Tesla to show off its speed as when the acceleration tapers off past 60, other cars go quicker. The Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche can hit 70 and 80 miles an hour faster.
Motor Trend ran its test using the car’s “Ludicrous Easter Egg” mode, which provides, even more, acceleration than the ‘regular’ Ludicrous mode. It uses the car’s battery temperature to rise slightly with the air conditioning used to cool the motors.
The driver then uses a special “launch control” sequence of brake and accelerator pedal pushes to initiate the crushing ground-level blast-off.
The Ferrari LaFerrari is still the fastest quarter-mile car the magazine has ever tested according to Markus, doing a quarter of a mile in 9.7 seconds while reaching 148.5 miles an hour.