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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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Good start
By macca007 on 10/13/2012 7:45:13 PM , Rating: 2
Only issue I have with electric cars is the price!
This is coming from a V8 nut. I would take the electric car any day of the week over my modified V8 if it was on the same price level and I could plug into my 4kw solar setup at home, Unfortunately these electric cars are about 3 times more expensive.
Of course any new tech is expensive so I can't wait for the day when it hits parity,May be sooner than we think like Solar. Every one laughed at that, Yet here in Australia with a small population it is almost about to hit the 1 millionth home installation and already produces over 2GW of power. Just got my first electricity bill back, Was expecting to pay around $300 instead they gave me $100 credit at this rate it will be payed off in only 4 years after that it is free power, Now if only I had that electric car to plug in it would be bye bye to petrol stations for me.
Someone mentioned yeah all well on straight line but what about cornering? What about it? Do you corner over 60km/h on public roads? Try going around a corner at 60 aint as slow as you think it is! Acceleration on the other hand is important, Has saved me many times from idiots on the road who don't look or indicate, Also handy in peak hour traffic when trying to pull out of side street onto a main road waiting for a gap,Once around that corner you need to gun it so they don't ram up your butt. For me the range is not an issue as for most folks out there who just commute to work and back and go do the shopping. Can't remember the exact stats but average is around 95% of daily commute is less than 60 miles or something around there and 99% are less than 140 miles. For me it's only 40km all up 20km each way. If I go on a holiday I fly as it's a hell of a lot cheaper/faster/easier than driving there!
I don't expect electric cars are for everyone just like SUV's or Nissan GT-R's are but I wouldn't write off electric cars especially performance side, They will wipe the floor with most out there,For an amusing video go on youtube and check out an old Datsun modified with electric motors beating a new Datsun " Nissan GT-R ;) "
Or the electric VW Beetle dragster that would smoke a Bugatti Veyron on the 1/4. These are not from multi billion dollar auto manufacturers just enthusiasts so what can we expect when the big auto's get on the bandwagon. Some of the Euro sports car makers are already designing electric/hybrid variants.




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