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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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Let the haters hate
By Florinator on 10/10/2012 1:13:06 PM , Rating: 2
I would still pick the M5 without hesitation over the Tesla if I had that kind of dough to spend on a car, but nevertheless, this performance feat is awesome and I, for one, would not have expected this result. I mean, not against the mighty M5...

As far as electric cars are concerned, I like where this is going...




RE: Let the haters hate
By Colin1497 on 10/10/2012 1:23:03 PM , Rating: 2
Having spent a lot of time working with large electric motors in the aerospace industry, I wouldn't expect anything else. Electric motors generally produce high torque at low speed, so they're going to be great off the line. That's why hybrids can be such a good thing -- the electric motor, even at low rated hp, provides great torque from a stop, picking up the slack for a gasoline engine that has a peak torque somewhere appreciably above idle. I'd also expect the M5 to walk away from the Tesla at higher speeds, of course. Make the race to 150 or so and see what happens.


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