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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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Is it me?
By jjlj on 10/10/2012 12:52:54 PM , Rating: 2
Or does the M5 driver appear to be asleep at the wheel? Looks like there was hesitation at the start and then the M5 lost traction. Yes, more tests are needed.

Still impressive though!

RE: Is it me?
By jjlj on 10/10/2012 12:57:44 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if Clarkson will get a crack at this one? LOL.

RE: Is it me?
By wiz220 on 10/10/2012 2:35:29 PM , Rating: 2
After the shenanigans and lawsuits with the first Tesla Raodster review Clarkson did, I sorta doubt it. :) At least, it won't be Tesla lending them one to do the review.

RE: Is it me?
By TheDoc9 on 10/10/2012 1:02:02 PM , Rating: 2
I think it's an 'illusion' of sorts. The instant torque is just that much faster than a gasoline powered engine.

When you take off in a gas engine you have the delay that occurs from injecting the gas before combustion occurs, this is not the case with an instant torque electric engine.

More testing is needed to confirm.

RE: Is it me?
By 91TTZ on 10/10/2012 1:51:08 PM , Rating: 2
It's not an illusion. I used to drag race my Z and my reaction time was much better than that. This was intentional.

RE: Is it me?
By Reclaimer77 on 10/10/2012 2:49:35 PM , Rating: 2
Yes but who cares? It's a well known fact electric motors spin quicker than gasoline engines. But so what? Do we go around "drag racing" our cars all day or something?

The M5 slays the Tesla in every area that matters for a car anyway. Cornering, braking, reliability and practicality. This is just a pointless test that demonstrates nothing practical about the Tesla to the public. People don't generally purchase vehicles based on 1/4 mile times alone.

Lets put the Tesla on the 'Ring and see how it does. Oh yeah, nvm, the batteries wouldn't even last ONE lap at hard driving.

RE: Is it me?
By siconik on 10/10/2012 4:20:54 PM , Rating: 1
The M5 slays the Tesla in every area that matters for a car anyway. Cornering, braking, reliability and practicality .

Based on...?

RE: Is it me?
By Reclaimer77 on 10/10/2012 4:23:59 PM , Rating: 1
Statistics? Facts? Go look em up. The Telsa, despite the video, didn't even beat the M5's straightline times when they tested them.

RE: Is it me?
By Reclaimer77 on 10/10/2012 2:58:17 PM , Rating: 2
Terrible launch. Did the M5 driver even try? We didn't even see wheelspin until he hit second or third gear, like he blew the launch and a shift or something.

For me the race was over before it started, when the M5 revved and we heard that sweet exhaust note.

RE: Is it me?
By Rukkian on 10/11/2012 8:24:28 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, we get it, if there is an article about an electric car, you will hate it. Posting the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over gets old.

While I will not be buying an electric car anytime soon, I love to see articles like this with technology going forward. These types of events help to push the people with more money than brains into buying stuff like this and it causes prices to eventually come down. It is an impressive feat from a technology standpoint.

RE: Is it me?
By FredEx on 10/11/2012 8:38:44 AM , Rating: 2
Traction control.

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