Posted on December 24, 2014 by Matt Pressman
Let's face it... if you're at a stop light and you pull up next to a Lamborghini or Ferrari, the driver would never even consider an electric car competition. But, if you own Tesla's P85D, the drivers of these venerated Italian supercars might be in for a big surprise. Motor Trend recently reviewed the P85D and clocked a lightening quick 3.1 seconds from 0-60MPH. That means when the light turns green... Mamma Mia! Tesla's all-American, all-electric beast can leave these Italian beauties in the rear view mirror.
Don't believe us? Take a look at this chart showing fastest production cars by acceleration (0-60MPH). The Tesla Model S P85D will leave many Italian Supercars in the dust. Okay, you still don't believe us? Let's take a look at the videotape.
[Our friends at Teslarti report] “What you got in there?” is heard from the Ferrari in the next lane over. Looking over is the driver of a Ferrari 575 Maranello unaware that he has just pulled up to a rare sighting of one of the first Model S P85Ds to hit American soil. “691hp” says Allen Wong, a young entrepreneur in his 20’s who made his fortune through a series of successful iOS apps. The Ferrari was in for quite a shock.
It just so happens that Allen Wong also owns a Lamborghini Aventador. After smoking the Ferrari, he decided to pit his new P85D against his legendary Lamborghini. Again, from at least 0-50mph, the P85D is simply "insane" off the line -- edging out the Lamborghini. Let's take a look.
As owner of both cars, Alan Wong gave his feedback after the race finished, saying: "That 0-50 acceleration from the Tesla is insane. I had a feeling that it was faster than the Aventador from 0-50, because I never felt that kind of pressure on my chest before from accelerating. 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 and except 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."
Looks like the Italian supercars have some real competition.