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Tesla Model X Plaid loaded with 6 people defeats the Porsche 992 Turbo S in a drag racing battle (video)


The car enthusiast community always comes up with creative ideas to enjoy themselves and entertain others, and if a Tesla vehicle is involved, the adrenaline rush is on another level. The team from DragTimes and their friends did something new, loaded up a Tesla Model X Plaid with 6 people and challenged an ICE sportscar icon like the Porsche 992 Turbo S.

As much as this is a new and exciting idea, the odds of the Tesla Model X Plaid losing these races seem somewhat obvious. But beating the odds is Tesla’s real game both on the race track and in the auto industry.

Tesla Model X Plaid itself is a super-heavy large luxury SUV that weighs 5,412 lbs (2,455 kg). Loading six adults into the vehicle means another 1,000 lbs (~454 kg) is added — making it an almost 3.0-ton SUV — ready to conquer the dragstrip.

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Model X Plaid vs. Porsche 992 Turbo S specs comparison

Let’s take a look at how both of these vehicles from different segments compare on the specification sheets.

 2022 Tesla Model X Plaid2021 Porsche 992 Turbo S
DrivetrainTri-Motor AWDAll-Wheel Drive
Engine / MotorsAC permanent magnet synchronous motor,
carbon-fiber-wrapped rotor, liquid-cooled, with variable frequency drive
(1x motor in the front, 2x motors in the rear)
3.7L Flat Six Twin Turbo
TransmissionSingle-speed fixed gear8-Speed DCT
Acceleration (0-60 mph)2.5 Seconds2.1 Seconds
Top speed163 mph (262 km/h)205 mph (330 km/h)
Peak power1,020 hp640 hp
Drag coefficient0.24 Cd0.33 Cd
Weight (unladen)5,412 lbs (2,455 kg)3,560 lbs (1,615 kg)
Starting price$138,990$204,850
Sources: Manufacturer specs. Get the full 2021 – 2022 Model X Specifcations.

One thing that looked particularly interesting to me in these specifications is the coefficient of drag of both vehicles. Despite being a large family SUV, Tesla Model X has a fairly better drag coefficient (0.24 Cd) compared to the Porsche 992 (0.33 Cd).


Drag Racing Results

In the first round, although the Porsche 992 had a better launch and gained a bit of lead over the Tesla Model X Plaid, the Plaid was able to still beat the Porsche. Model X Plaid completed the quarter-mile in just 10.326 secs @139.30 mph while the Porsche 992 did it in 10.427 secs @131.59 mph.

The 2nd round was not much different, Porsche had a better launch and kept the lead halfway, it lost the 1/4-mile to the Model X Plaid with a close margin. Model X Plaid did it in 10.367 secs @138.67 mph and the Porsche 992 Turbo S did it in 10.481 secs @132.19 mph.

One thing about the Porsche 992 Turbo S is, that it has a crazy launch for a stock sportscar, a hyper-modded Nissan GTR previously was able to beat a Model S Plaid.

Let’s watch the interesting video that the Tesla official Twitter account has also retweeted just last night with the caption “Quickest acceleration of any SUV“.

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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