Posted on May 28, 2016 by Matt Pressman
If you didn't think the Tesla Model X was fast, think again. As reported in Money*, "People are finally starting to understanding that electric cars are ridiculously good at accelerating—better than their gasoline counterparts. Article after article has trumpeted the incredible [Tesla Model X] 0-60mph tests that have gotten down to 3.2-seconds. But it can be hard to get a true sense of just how fast the vehicles are."
Above: Notice that the price-as-tested Bentley Bentayga is more than double the cost of the Tesla Model X (Source: Motor Trend*)
Okay then... just how fast is the Tesla Model X? "Illustrating this better than anyone has before, Motor Trend released a new video with a few demonstrations. First, it demolishes the fastest SUV, the Bentley Bentayga, in the 0-60 mph (3.2 seconds to 3.5) and in the quarter mile... [and] After destroying the Bentayga in the sprints, Motor Trend dreamt up an even crazier demo: pitting the Tesla against an Italian carbon supercar, the Alfa 4C Spyder. At 4.2 seconds in the 0-60 mph, this 'would embarrass a Lamborghini Diablo,' Motor Trend’s senior features editor Jason Cammisa noted, which has a slower 0-60 benchmark."
Source: Motor Trend*
As if this wasn't enough, Motor Trend pulled a rabbit out of the hat with its final drag race, "They did however have a twist—the Tesla would be towing another Alfa 4C Spyder. Even with 4,000 pounds strapped on, the Tesla embarrasses the Alfa. It’s not even close. So there you have it. The Tesla, in full tow mode, can destroy a car that’s faster than a Lamborghini in a 0-60 test."
Source: Motor Trend
We've seen a Tesla Model X nearly take down a fellow Tesla Model S on the drag strip before. But watching it take down these British and Italian challengers -- in such convincing fashion -- is proof-positive that Tesla's electric vehicles should be feared in any race. Even if it's an SUV, Tesla knows how to push maximum torque in order to destroy the best gas cars on the road today.