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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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This video is staged.
By 91TTZ on 10/10/2012 1:49:44 PM , Rating: 5
The BMW clearly waited to hit the gas.

I think the test was intentionally rigged. In a dragstrip race they give you a few different stats such as:

1. Reaction time
2. 60 foot time
3. 1/8th mile elapsed time
4. 1/4 mile elapsed time
5. Trap speed

The 1/4 mile ET and trap speed are the most common numbers to give. Also, in a drag race the clock doesn't start until you cross the beams after you launch. You can sit there for 10 seconds and the timer doesn't start until you launch.

In this race the Tesla obviously had the better reaction time by about a half second which is huge in a drag race. Yet at the end of the track it won by much less than a half second. It's just inexcusable to have that much of a difference in reaction time between competitors, especially if they're professionals.

To further put this video in doubt, I looked up the testing results for both cars on Motortrend's site, which objectively tested both. Here are their results:

BMW F10 M5
0-60: 3.7 seconds
1/4 mile: 11.9 seconds @ 120.3 mph

Tesla Model S
0-60: in 3.9 seconds
1/4 mile: 12.5 sec @ 110.9 mph

The BMW beats the Tesla model S quite easily. There's a reason this video gave the Tesla a half second head start and stopped the test at 100 mph: because if they started them at the same time the BMW would gain a lead that the Tesla would never recover, and if they let them finish the quarter mile even with the Tesla's head start, the BMW would overtake it.

This video is nothing more than a commercial for the Tesla, and I bet that some money changed hands to produce it.




RE: This video is staged.
By FITCamaro on 10/10/2012 4:11:45 PM , Rating: 1
Man I hate it when people use facts...


RE: This video is staged.
By FITCamaro on 10/10/2012 4:15:52 PM , Rating: 2
And just now watching the video, its not even funny how staged it was. You didn't even here the M5 stage at all. You don't launch from an idle in a drag race. And whoever was driving the M5 certainly didn't get on it that hard right out of the gate either.


RE: This video is staged.
By jjmcubed on 10/10/2012 4:34:47 PM , Rating: 2
Not doubting your thoughts, but putting Motor Trend and objective in the same sentence?!?


RE: This video is staged.
By FITCamaro on 10/11/2012 7:23:39 AM , Rating: 2
I'd put Motor Trend above a piece of garbage like Car & Driver when it comes to comparing cars in performance tests.


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