Have you ever seen a Porsche or Lamborghini drag racing a full-size luxury SUV? Most probably not — but the times have changed. Tesla Model X Plaid has the guts to face supercars on a dragstrip.
YouTube channel DragTimes brings us the thrill and excitement of watching a 5,390 lbs (2,445 kg) Tesla Model X Plaid dishonoring the internal combustion engine (ICE) superstars of the dragstrip.
In a previous test, DragTimes was able to confirm that Tesla Model X Plaid is the world’s quickest most powerful SUV when it comes to 0-60 mph acceleration and 1/4 mile times.
Model X Plaid vs. Porsche 992 Turbo S Drag Race
Porsche 992 Turbo S is currently the quickest production car from the German luxury performance carmaker. The All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Twin-Turbo engine drivetrain of the 992 Turbo S can produce 650 hp of power.
Although the Tesla Model X Plaid is 1,020 hp — the Porsche 992 Turbo S (3,615.58 lbs) is around 1,775 lbs lighter than the Model X Plaid. So the power-to-weight ratio of the Porsche is quite comparable.
The instant torque, Tri-Motor AWD, and the Plaid launch mode (Drag Strip Mode) were too much to handle for the Porsche 992 Turbo S. Tesla Model X Plaid left it too far in the side-view mirror.
For the Porsche enthusiasts, this might be painful to look at but still worth a watch, let’s check out.
Results (1/4 mile)
|Race #||Tesla Model X Plaid||2020 Porsche 992 Turbo S|
|1||9.770s @ 145.51 mph||10.530s @ 128.02 mph|
|2||9.785s @ 145.44 mph||10.589s @ 126.32 mph|
Tesla Model X Plaid vs. Lamborghini Huracan EVO Drag Race
With an MSRP of $304K, you can buy two Tesla Model X Plaid SUVs (specs and pricing) for the price of one Lamborghini Huracan EVO. Like the Porsche 992, Huracan EVO is also a 5.2L V10 engine AWD car with 630 horsepower to spare.
Huracan EVO is 1,745 lbs lighter than the Model X Plaid (5,390 lbs), so this should be a good power-to-weight ratio compared to Plaid X’s 1,020 horsepower.
But interestingly this luxury supercar that many idealize as their dream car lost to a family SUV on the dragstrip and with a good margin — a wake-up call for the ICE sportscar makers.
Results (1/4 mile)
|Race #||Tesla Model X Plaid||Lamborghini Huracan EVO|
|1||9.903s @ 144.84 mph||10.964s @ 129.55 mph|
|2||9.837s @ 144.44 mph||10.823s @ 130.57 mph|
One thing is common if we look at the results of both the tests, the consistent performance of the Tesla Model X Plaid. It completed all the quarter mile races below 10 seconds and at around ~145 mph.
The performance of the Porsche 992 Turbo S was way better than the Lamborghini Huracan EVO. The Porsche did the quarter mile races in less time than the Lambo, so kudos to the Porsche team for being at the 2nd position in this competition overall.
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