6 Crazy Hypercars the Tesla Model S P100D is Quicker Than
If anyone still mistakenly holds the opinion that electric cars are boring and slow, the Tesla Model S P100D aims to set the record straight.
The P100D has upwards of 760 horsepower and 100 percent of its tractor-pull-ready torque is available instantly, so it’s a recipe to embarrass many supercars and even hypercars in the sprint from zero to 60 mph. All told, the electric sedan, which has a range of 315 miles, can get to 60 mph in a ridiculous 2.5 seconds right from the factory.
Here are six surprising cars that are slower than the Tesla Model S P100D to the 60 mph benchmark.
LaFerrari – 2.6 seconds
Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne may think the notion of an electric Ferrari is “obscene,” but even at even at $1.4-million a pop, the hypercar from Maranello slips past the line at 60 mph 0.1 seconds slower than the P100D.
Of course, once its starts to roll, the hybrid Ferrari with 963 horsepower only takes 4.7 seconds to get to 100 mph on the way to a top speed of 217 mph, thanks also to a curb weight of around 3,500 pounds and lightning quick-shifting seven-speed transmission.
2010 Pagani Zonda R – 2.6 seconds
The exotic Zonda R holds the distinction of a 6:47.48 lap around the Nurburgring, absolutely dusting all others in this list with a few having clocked few seconds below 7 minutes. Anything below 7:30 is considered quick.
Only 15 Pagani Zonda Rs were built, and with a price of $2.2-million, the mid-engined track-oriented supercar is a rare bird. Powered by a 6.0L AMG V12, these cars weighed in at about 2,700 pounds and were made mostly of carbon fiber. Top speed recorded is 218 mph, lateral acceleration of 1.62g is serious, and, yes, this one would show a Model S the fast way around any race track.
2013 Ultimate Aero SSC XT – 2.6 seconds
Even more crazy fast in a straight line is the SSC Aero, which has held the Guinness top speed record of 256.14 mph. The product of SSC North America, the Ultimate Aero XT was a special last version of a series of limited-production cars with a 6.9L V8 pushing 1,300 horses with 1,004 pound-feet of torque.
But, the P100D still has recorded a quicker zero to 60 mph time. Zero to 100? Forget about it, as this beast has recorded zero to 200 in 16 seconds.
2006 Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 – 2.7 seconds
The world’s fastest Volkswagen product, the 4,100-pound, mid-engined 8.0-liter 16-cylinder-powered hypercar was the pinnacle of “too much is just never enough” a decade ago when it gave the world a revived nameplate with speed potential above 250 mph and a zero to 60 time of 2.7 seconds, a bit slower than the Tesla.
Its zero to 100 time has been clocked at 5.7 seconds – 0.8 seconds quicker than Tesla’s family sedan.
2012 Koenigsegg Agera R – 2.7 seconds
This Swedish beauty is another mid-engined zero-compromise internal-combsution machine that’s just a tick slower to 60 mph than the Tesla. Its 840 horsepower and 810 pound-feet of torque comes from a turbocharged 5.0-liter gas engine and is sent to the wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
Weighing just 3,075 pounds, it sprints from zero to 124 mph in 8.0 seconds. Its zero to 100 mph time of 5.1 seconds is also quite ahead of the Model S’s 6.52 seconds.
2014 McLaren P1 – 2.7 seconds
Tesla CEO Elon Musk benchmarked the speed capabilities of the first Insane-mode P85D from his old car, the McLaren F1, but the P100D tops the zero to 60 mph time of the follow-up P1 hybrid.
The million-dollar hypercar has done a sub-7-minute Nurburgring run, but its warm-up time to 60 is a scooch slower than the sedan from Fremont. McLaren’s 3,400-pound screamer boasts 904 horsepower from a combination of turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 plus electric power.
The Tesla Model S obviously doesn’t play in the same league as these hypercars, but its acceleration has proven to be impressive for a family sedan.
A version of this story originally appeared on HybridCars.com
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