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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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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.

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