5 Surprising Cars the 'Ludicrous' Tesla Model S Would Beat in a Drag Race

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

There was a time when electric vehicles were considered slow and boring.

Apparently, things can change in just five years, because now, some electric vehicles are straight ludicrous when it comes to straight-line acceleration. Tesla has added a “ludicrous mode” for its Model S that gives the sedan the capability of going 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, which the American automaker said makes it the fastest accelerating car on the road at the time of the announcement. Since then, Tesla has carefully reworded it to say “fastest accelerating sedan” as to not ruffle the feathers of those digging up 0-60 mph times to debunk the American automaker.

Regardless, ludicrous mode makes the Tesla Model S silly fast and here are 10 surprising cars it’ll surely beat to 60 mph and likely in a drag race down the quarter mile.

SEE ALSO: Ludicrous Mode Makes Tesla Model S Fastest Accelerating Car on the Road

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Dodge advertises the Challenger SRT Hellcat’s 0-60 time to be in the “low 3-second range” and while that is impressively fast, especially for a car costing around $60,000, that venerable 707-hp HEMI doesn’t trump the Tesla Model S’s ludicrous mode.

Pagani Huayra

Dude, your multi-million dollar, twin-turbo V12-equipped hypercar is slower than an EV with four doors. That’s right, the Pagani Huayra, despite its 720 hp and 740 lb-ft of torque, goes 0-60 in 3.2 seconds.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Chevrolet pegged its new Corvette Z06’s 0-60 time at 2.95 seconds, and we reckon that 0.05 faster than three seconds flat was very important for the sports car. It’s a shame it couldn’t dig for 0.15 seconds more because now a four-door electric car is faster than one of America’s most famous sports cars.

Porsche 911 Turbo S

According to Porsche, the 911 Turbo S goes 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. That makes one of the most heralded and sought after sports cars in America slower than an all-electric sedan. No, seriously, a 2015 Porsche 911 Turbo S is slower than a Tesla Model S going 0-60 mph. How’s that for ludicrous?

McLaren 650S

The 650S is on par with the Porsche 911 Turbo S when it comes to accelerating 0-60. The British automaker’s supercar does the sprint in 2.9 seconds, still a tick slower than the Tesla Model S with ludicruos mode.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Boney N Boney N on Jul 21, 2015

    Fabulous that Tesla now kicks and owns the ass of Pagini, McLaren and Porsche.

  • Kent Kent on Oct 02, 2015

    It is all fun until the battery runs down.How much range do you get if you are driving it hard? Can you recharge it in the time it takes to fill the gas tank in your internal combustion powered car?