Ever since the Tesla Model S P85D was pitted against the Dodge Challenger Hellcat (and handily beat it), the internet has been abuzz about this electric-car-cum-sleeper-dragster. The combination of all wheel drive and the electric powertrain’s ability to deliver instant torque from zero RPM equates to a beast at any Dragstrip USA. Personally, my first and only drag racing experience was me renting a Lincoln Town Car and hitting the Friday Night Lights event at Texas Motorplex. Surprisingly, I did beat a modified Nissan Maxima and Lexus SC400…the former was so embarrassed that he left immediately after our run. It must have been a long drive back home.
In any event, one Florida couple/Tesla owners decided to hit the drag strip to answer the not-age-old question…which one is faster, the Model S or the Model X? For a brief rundown, both of these specific vehicles are the same variant of their respective models: the P90D with the infamous Ludicrous mode. That basically translates into one of the quickest production vehicle(s) on the planet, especially when it comes to the all-important 1/4 mile times.
Although the Model X carries around an extra 600 pounds (or a couple of NFL offensive linemen), the difference in their respective 1/4 times weren’t all that different. The X clocked in its best time of 11.61 @116 mph. This (unofficially) set a new world record for the quickest production CUV/SUV 1/4 time, at least according to DragTimes. Moreover, the Model X P90D also went from 0-60 in just 3.1 seconds, and 0-to-100 in a scant 7.9 seconds. We’re talking about supercar territory for a vehicle that’ll be rubbing shoulders with ginormous CUVS in school parking lots across the country.
How the Model S P90D fare? It was a tick quicker than the X, posting times ranging from 11.3 to 11.5 seconds.
Check out the electrifying drag race below: