Drag Racing Model 3 Model S Model X Model Y

Watch the ultimate Tesla drag race between the entire S,3,X,Y lineup


Elon Musk is a fan and inventor of tech easter eggs inspired by the arcade video games that influenced his childhood era. When Tesla Model S first launched in 2012 no one except him knew what the Tesla lineup nomenclature would look like in the future.

But with the passage of time, it turned out to be a funny reference to a basic human instinct — Model S, 3, X, Y go to the dragstrip against each other in the latest video by an automotive enthusiast YouTube channel named Throttle House.

All of the Tesla cars taking part in this competition are the ‘Performance’ variant of each model, so we can guess it would be a good drag race.

Although with the Cheetah Stance, a Tesla Model S Performance Raven can go from 0-60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, let’s see a comparative chart of basic performance figures of these cars to see the difference on paper.

OptionsModel S P100DModel 3 PerformanceModel X P100DModel Y Performance
Battery Pack100 kWh~75 kWh100 kWh~75 kWh
DrivetrainDual-Motor AWDDual-Motor AWDDual-Motor AWDDual-Motor AWD
0 – 60 mph2.3s3.2s2.6s3.5s
Top Speed163 mph (262 km/h)162 mph (261 km/h)163 mph (262 km/h)155 mph (250 km/h)
Adaptive Air SuspensionYesN/AYes N/A
Cheetah StanceYesN/AYesN/A
Ludicrous ModeYesN/AYesN/A
Table 1: Tesla S3XY lineup performance specs comparison. Data Source: Tesla, Inc.

As expected, Model S won both the races including the rolling start, it is the quickest production sedan on this planet right now electric and internal combustion combined.

However, other Teslas also gave it a tough time, Model Y being the slowest of this lot remained at the last position but its competitors were fierce. We recently saw the Model Y challenging a Lamborghini Murcielago on the dragstrip and the result was surprising.

The white Tesla Model 3 Performance seen in this race video is owned by Trevor Page of Tesla Owners Online and he recorded some interesting behind the scenes in the following video.

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By Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii