Tesla Model S Performance Slays BMW M5 in Acceleration Test
October 10, 2012 12:12 PM
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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
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:
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RE: launch control
10/10/2012 3:06:17 PM
just going by reviews of the tesla roadster, (top gear)
a very quick version of the lotus elise - but the handling was terrible compared to the petrol version. dont know if this was due to weight distribution (i.e. front to back), or heavier batteries or something else.
i think electric cars are the future.
however if had the cash TODAY i'd get an m5 over a tesla s.
maybe in ten-fifteen years time the m5 will be electric only?
RE: launch control
10/10/2012 4:38:44 PM
Yes, they used an existing car body for the Roadster; Which is something Elon Musk has said was a big mistake. The Model S is a clean slate design.
So, you base a comment on a new vehicle, on a review of an older one? And that based on a review from a show whose host has said he hates EVs?
Next time you don't have any knowledge of a topic, and want to make a snide remark, how about you just move on.
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