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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: launch control
By BabelHuber on 10/10/2012 1:48:41 PM , Rating: 2
If the Tesla is only half as good as promised, we should see its lap times on the Nürburgring soon.

I'm looking forward to this - and also to the fill level of the Tesla's battery after 20km of racing ;-)

But seriously, I would be suprised if the Tesla could hold its own agains Porsches, Corvettes and M3/M5 and the like - after all, these companies are agressively fine-tuning everything to get their results, and they all have a century of experience with combustion engines.


RE: launch control
By lagomorpha on 10/10/2012 2:11:29 PM , Rating: 2
I've no doubt that Lotus is just as capable at suspension tuning as the Germans. All that extra weight will probably upset things though.


RE: launch control
By Totally on 10/10/2012 4:24:06 PM , Rating: 2
What does lotus have have to do with the model S? They only provide the chassis for the roadster.


RE: launch control
By BZDTemp on 10/11/2012 11:25:01 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly.

Also with regards to what Lotus can do with regards to suspension tuning I'd say their track record speaks for it self. Lotus is very good at what they do.


RE: launch control
By Dug on 10/10/2012 3:26:42 PM , Rating: 2
I would be surprised if it couldn't.

Not to mention the comfort of the Tesla S with 5 passengers and option for 2 kids, no gas, low noise, lower insurance, etc.

I wouldn't really put it up against a Corvette, Porsche, or an M3. M5 really comes the closest.


RE: launch control
By AssBall on 10/10/2012 10:14:44 PM , Rating: 3
When top gear tested the S they said the brakes were absolute junk.


RE: launch control
By Strunf on 10/11/2012 7:23:36 AM , Rating: 2
Noise? That's music to my ears!

The no gas comes at the price of less mobility... so yeah cool when you really plan your trips but can be POS when you don't!


RE: launch control
By BillyBatson on 10/11/2012 6:36:08 PM , Rating: 2
The most beautiful music!!!!!!


RE: launch control
By Mint on 10/10/2012 5:31:03 PM , Rating: 3
There are plenty of stretches on the Nurburgring that will exceed 120mph, which the Model S simply isn't designed for and 99% of luxury sport sedan buyers won't ever reach.

A standard slalom test will give you a much better idea of roadholding at still illegal speeds (e.g. zipping though a winding road at twice the speed limit, which I still wouldn't do due to traction surprises on real roads).

Anyway, it clear that the Model S has its niche. The problem is that even the 300 mile version basically has a 120 mile tether on it unless you get lucky with a charger en route; otherwise, you're not getting back home. Even if you only want to exceed that a few times a year, it can be a dealbreaker.


RE: launch control
By danjw1 on 10/10/2012 6:33:18 PM , Rating: 2
They are building out there supercharger network, they have them already between San Francisco-Los Angeles, Los Angeles-Las Vegas, San Francisco-Las Vegas and San Francisco-Lake Tahoe. They intend to have a corridor for coast to coast travel up by the end of 2013, I think it was. Yes, this is regional to where they are based. They also planning to ramp up a supercharger network in Europe and Asia.

In case you aren't aware the superchargers can add 50% battery in ~30 minutes. Which is enough time to stretch your legs, use the bathroom or get something to eat. The superchargers are positioned close to restaurants.


RE: launch control
By Spuke on 10/10/2012 6:50:06 PM , Rating: 2
There's six total right now but only available for company use until this month sometime. Locations at the following link:

http://www.motorauthority.com/image/100403182_init...


RE: launch control
By danjw1 on 10/10/2012 7:23:01 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
There's six total right now but only available for company use until this month sometime. Locations at the following link:


They were unveiled last month, I think. My understanding was that they were available then for Tesla owners. That link doesn't say anything about availability.


RE: launch control
By Spuke on 10/10/2012 11:09:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
They were unveiled last month, I think. My understanding was that they were available then for Tesla owners. That link doesn't say anything about availability.
That link wasn't supposed to contain that info. If you read my post, you'll see...
quote:
Locations at the following link:


No matter, I really didn't expect you to read my whole post anyways. I got the public availability from here:

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-09-25/news/34...


RE: launch control
By BZDTemp on 10/11/2012 11:35:13 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
There are plenty of stretches on the Nurburgring that will exceed 120mph, which the Model S simply isn't designed for and 99% of luxury sport sedan buyers won't ever reach.


I think 99% is to high a number especially when including the world outside the US. There are plenty of places where going 120 mph+ is an every travel speed for those in somewhat faster cars.


RE: launch control
By danjw1 on 10/10/2012 6:26:22 PM , Rating: 2
But are they putting out over the air software updates to improve the vehicle?


RE: launch control
By Jaybus on 10/11/2012 1:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
I don't believe it can. All else, cornering, braking, etc. being equal, the EV could not complete enough laps for say a 100k race. Their claimed range is for driving super easy at perhaps 80 kph. It is not a linear relationship. To sustain twice the velocity requires more like 4x the energy.


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