The era of the pre-design-refresh Model S is not over yet, it is still out—hunting ICE-world competitors on the dragstrips. The latest of its prey is the 2021 Mercedes Benz S-Class S 500.
Mat Watson from Carwow brought a Tesla Model S Performance aka P100D and a Merc S-Class to the track for a quarter-mile drag race against one another.
Personally, I like the new Mercedes S-Class design-wise, especially the interior, where this giant screen in the center is definitely Tesla-inspired. Good to see that traditional automakers are taking lead from the contemporary automotive companies.
Before jumping on to the race video, let’s compare both cars in performance specs and pricing. Tesla has discontinued the Model S P100D variant in favor of the new flagship Model S Plaid.
|Tesla Model S P100D||2021 Mercedes S-Class S 500|
|Battery-Pack/Engine||100 kWh Performance Version||3.0L inline-6 turbo engine with EQ Boost and electric auxiliary compressor Engine|
|Drivetrain||Dual Motor Performance AWD||4MATIC (AWD)|
|Transmission||Single Speed Clutchless 10:1Reduction Gear||9G-TRONIC 9-speed Automatic transmission|
|Acceleration (0-60 mph)||2.5s (2.3s with Cheetah Stance)||4.9s|
|Top speed||155 mph (250 km/h) Software limited||162 mph (260 km/h)|
|Launch control||Ludicrous+ Mode||N/A|
|Horsepower||588 hp (438 kW)||429 hp @ 6,100 rpm|
|Max.Torque||920 lb-ft (1,247 Nm) @ Instant||N/A|
|Curb weight||4,960 lbs (2,250 kg)||4,740 lbs|
|Starting Price (USD)||$99,990 (discontinued)||$109,800|
An internal combustion engine (ICE) from 2021 is no match for the years-old electric drivetrain. The Merc here was just left way behind in this drag race while Tesla—a clear winner.
Perhaps, the Mercedes S 500 should have contested against a Model 3 Performance but even the smaller Tesla is faster than the Merc (0-60 in 3.1s vs. 4.9s respectively).
The new Tesla Model S Plaid with its 0-60 mph in 1.99s time is wreaking havoc at the dragstrip and has started an undefeated streak against ICE supercars like Ford Mustang Shelby GT, McLaren, and even an 840 hp Dodge Demon.