Tesla Plaid beats the most powerful ICE sedans in drag racing — Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing and BMW M5

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Hagerty assembles a drag race involving 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, 2022 BMW M5 CS, and a 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid. Despite being one of the fastest and quickest performance sedans from the internal combustion engine (ICE) world, both of these cars were left way behind in a drag race against the Plaid S.

Host Jason Cammisa can be seen singing all praise for the Cadillace CT5-V Blackwing for the rest of the review video. Ironically, all Blackwing Cadillacs of the future will no more be ICE — they will be electrified.

Our favorite Tesla pro driver Randy Pobst also joined the show later on to drive the BMW M5 most of the time. The legendary hall of famer conquered Pikes Peak with a Tesla Model S Plaid earlier this year and set a new EV lap record at the Laguna Seca Raceway with the same car.

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Let’s go through a brief specs comparison of all 3 cars involved in this drag racing event to understand their performance potential.

 Tesla Model S Plaid2022 Cadillac CT5-V BlackwingBMW M5 CS
TypeBattery Electric Vehicle (BEV)Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)ICE
Motors/EngineTri-Motor – AC permanent magnet synchronous motor, carbon-fiber-wrapped rotor, liquid-cooled, with variable frequency drive (1x motor in the front, 2x motors in the rear)6.2L Supercharged V8 DI engine4.4-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo V-8, 32-valve engine.
Combines two turbochargers with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic) and high-precision direct injection
DrivetrainAWDRWDAWD
TransmissionFront: Single speed fixed gear, 7.5:1. Enhanced lubrication, Rear: Independent single speed fixed gear, 7.5:1. Dry sump lubrication6-speed manual transmission8-speed M Sport Automatic transmission with Drivelogic, Sport and Manual shift modes, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
Acceleration 0-60 mph1.99 sec3.7 seconds3.2 seconds
Power1,020 hp668 hp600 hp
Torque1,050 lb-ft (Motor Trend)659 lb-ft553 lb-ft
Top speed200 mph (322 km/h)*200 mph189 mph
Launch contolDrag Strip ModeYesYes
1/4-mile time9.23 seconds11.30 seconds10.80 seconds (with 1 foot rollout)
Base price$129,990$83,995$103,500
Sources: Manufacurer specs, bmwblog.com. *When equipped with proper wheels and tires, currently software limited to 163 mph.

During the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing review in this video (below), the host admitted that this sports sedan uses 6.7 times more energy compared to the Model S Plaid. Looking at the EPA estimated fuel economy numbers, this Cadillac has horrible efficiency numbers of 15 MPG (13 city, 21 highway). BMW M5 CS is a little better with a combined 17 MPG (15 city, 21 highway).

While the ultra-powerful Tesla Model S Plaid has an astonishing 101 MPGe (102 city, 99 highway). Over 5 years, the Plaid S saves you $6,250 in fuel costs. But Cadillac CT5-V costs a whopping $11,000 and BMW M5 CS costs $8,500 more compared to an average new vehicle.

EPA estimated fuel efficiency comparison of 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid, 2022 BMW M5 CS, Cadillac CT5-V.
EPA estimated fuel efficiency comparison of 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid, 2022 BMW M5 CS, Cadillac CT5-V. Source: fueleconomy.gov.
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Glorifying these fuel emission monsters in this age and time is plain ridiculous, especially when they’re lacking in the performance arena as well.

Jason constantly bragged about how cool the handling of the Cadillac was — someone should tell him that Model S Plaid has torque vectoring and Tesla’s proprietry Track Mode software. Otherwise, how could the Tesla Plaid have garnered success on the challenging Pikes Peak track.

However, let’s watch how two of the most powerful ever ICE sports sedans are beaten by Tesla Model S Plaid with a big margin at the dragstrip.

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Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar Alihttp://www.teslaoracle.com
Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on XAutoWorld.com, 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

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