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Tesla Model S Performance (L) and BMW M5 (R)  (Source: Automobile Magazine)
Tesla's Model S is no joke

Some people have plenty of doubts about Tesla Motors and the Model S. The company is still struggling to get production numbers up and is battling its way to profitability. And the fact that federal money is being used to fund a $7,500 tax credit for the purchase of a $100,000 vehicle doesn't sit well with a lot of people.
 
However, there's no question that Tesla Motors has developed a remarkable car in the Model S. From its sexy exterior looks to its high-tech interior, the Model S aims to impress. And now, we're still learning that the five-door hatchback has some serious performance credentials backing it up as well.
 
Automobile Magazine pitted a fresh Model S Performance against BMW's new F10 M5. The BMW M5 ($106,695) is powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine developing a whopping 560hp and 500 lb-ft of torque (this is backed by a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission). The Model S Performance ($102,270) has a rear-mounted motor that generates 416hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.
 
When the two were set on the drag strip for a 0-100 mph race, the 4,640-pound Model S Performance simply walked away from the 4,347-pound M5 off the line. This stellar performance is no doubt attributed to the electric car's instant torque that is available from 0 to 5,800 RPM.
 
The M5 narrowed the lead towards the end of the run, but there's no question that the Model S bested BMW's high-echelon performance sedan in this particular test. However, this is just one test, and we'd like to see a complete head-to-head comparison between the two vehicles in the usual battery of acceleration, braking, and handling metrics.
 
To see the Model S go up against the M5, take a look at the video below:
 

Source: Automobile Magazine



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straight line
By AMDftw on 10/10/2012 12:39:33 PM , Rating: 2
Sure in a drag strip it would win. The Tq is instant other then the BMW has to reach a certain rpm. Now lets see it handle the turns..




RE: straight line
By FITCamaro on 10/10/2012 1:13:32 PM , Rating: 2
Lets see it do it 20 times in a row.


RE: straight line
By jjmcubed on 10/10/2012 4:40:57 PM , Rating: 2
Serious question. Do you think the M5 would do it 20 times in a row and have zero problems? No wait, just zero to 100. Zero to 100. Etc. That is some major punishment for a car. Not saying it can't, but if it goes into limp mode the 15th time, don't blame BMW for it!!!

The technology isn't as mature as the internal combustion engine, but these initial steps are needed for the technology to mature. Personally I would never buy one, but to discount the S in it's entirety is misguided.


RE: straight line
By FredEx on 10/11/2012 8:36:11 AM , Rating: 2
The M5 would upchuck before it did 5 runs right after another.


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