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Model S against Dodge Charger Hemi R/T

Driving down the interstate in Charleston I see in my rear view mirror a Dodge Charger Hemi R/T. I slow down a bit as I want him to catch up to me. He pulls along side and I give my accelerator peddle a little tap just to see if he is interested. As I hear him engage his huge ICE I push my accelerator peddle all the way to the floor. 55-100 in what seems like 1/2 of a second. I see him again in my rearview mirror. I slow down to let him catch up again and he pulls along side of me gives me a thumbs up and proceeds to take a picture of the car. I am 40 and he had to be in his mid 20's. Kind of funny that my Model S can basically blow the doors off of anyone with nothing but the sound of wind. The model S is just ridiculously fast from 55-100. Cant describe the feeling. just an amazing car. Feel lucky to own one. HeHe

Last night went up against an Audi R8 took him off the line....he was shocked. Rolled down windows at the next light...his words..."impressive"

jonathanwu99, that is a great combination! I also have a GT-R, but my model S is performance. I am also waiting for Tesla super car.

Nice @ beating an R8 - he probably had the 4.2, not the V10 5.2 (which supposedly is 3.7-3.9 0-60) or the GT (3.4).

The relevant speeds were 55-100.

A point in Tesla's favor is that not many ICE owners will take the trouble to use launch control or side step the clutch at high RPM which is generally required to get close to the lowest 0 -60 time. Also that stuff doesn't help fom 55-100. At that speed the MS is gone before the ICE can get in the right gear.

@jfeldman72: Sir, thank you for the great story. I really enjoyed it. Its a hoot. Please go race some more and bring us those stories while we wait for our "S".

Yes - my S is downright scary fast. Especially after 40mph. If you really want to see speed, check out the EV dragsters. White Zombie does 0-60 in well under 2 sec. Some dude in LA just made a BMW EV that can do about 2 sec. (NPR story). His car is capable of 1MW of power - that's right - mega with an M! I know the guy who custom made the DC motors for this car. In no time these dragsters will do 1/4 mile in 7 sec. They're not too far away.

I had a film crew in my S last weekend and showed them a few moves. They soiled themselves.

From NEDRA record holders:

"Rocket" 6.940s@201.37mph

Already done. That's a bike, not a car though.

"Current Eliminator V" Dragster gets 7.956s@159.85mph, but IMO that's kinda old tech using altairnano batteries, lets see when there are serious attempt to beat that.

@jonathanwu99 "I frequently drive over 125", I would love to see that freeway! For me it's like "Sammy Hagar - I Can't Drive 55", OK 70!

jfeldman, feel the need for speed. Can't wait til I mine comes in. Good to meet you last night.

Dave.W.Finn....cant wait to see yours! We need to get the message out. This is the future!

Watch a Perf. with 21" wheels smoke this Dodge Viper SRT 10 in ¼ mile.

The Perf also picks on a poor Volt on that page, too.

That Model S driver had really poor reaction time, over one second, feels like two. Volt driver reacts faster, but car looks like a slug next to rocket.

Real drag driver would have got more like 11.3s than 12.3s time. I can slowly count to three after light turns green and before the car moves. If that time does count the driver reaction to that time (as it should if it is official NEDRA time) then expect to see even better times really soon.

Um, I'm wrong, in time runs reaction time doesn't count. That explains why those times were so consistent.

heh, reaction time doesn't count, the Tesla driver was waiting for Volt to go first....

Instead of showing the Star Trek view on the screen when flooring it I think I'd prefer the Space Balls ludicrous speed view with it going plaid.

I've been taking my P85 to the Sacramento Drag strip it's only $15 on Wed.nights, I've been turning 12.6 @107 mph I want to get a set of drag tires and rims and change them at the track, I can't find Drag tires for my 19" wheels, anyone know were to get them?

Although old, this thread is important to me as I'd need to think about the Performance option on a Tesla. I gotta say...1/10th of a second doesn't seem like much of an improvement. That's a slow eye blink, ya know? Not steering in an absolutely straight line could chew up 1/10th of a second. I will follow this thread with interest.

@Panoz - The P85 is more than a tenth faster - I get about 5s 0-60 in my S85, the P85 has been measured at well under 4s. That said, 5s is plenty for me - however, at the time I had to buy a bunch of crap I didn't want (leather, 21" wheels, etc) for the performance version - if I could have just bought the different inverter I probably would have done it.

At the track I was following a friend in his P85 with Michelin PSS's, and I had no trouble keeping up accelerating out of the corners. I had g-Force Rivals on, which have much better traction so I think actually tires make as much difference as the higher power inverter (and possibly different motor, depending on who you believe).

Thanks, jat, this is all good information. I don't want the 21" wheels, so I may get the non-perf version. I'm still quite a long way out to Tesla ownership, so I have time for research.

You can get P with 19" now. If you go for the + that is where they force the 21" on you.

@create: Correct. And I can attest that a P85 with 19"s is still a load of fun. I may swap out the all-seasons for summer rubber for better traction, but mainly because we have but the one season here.

I didn't see any details on the time charts, but I have little doubt the 0-30 mph advantage of the P is just the sticky 21" tires instead of the 19" ones. Up to about 40 mph, both versions are limited by traction rather than HP.

Thanks for this thread, it really highlights the the P is not a great leap from the standard 85.

Does anyone have a more detailed view on the 0-30 times?

Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid Final Tune Drops 0-100km to 2.6 sec
Shortly before delivery of the first customer vehicles, the Porsche 918 Spyder is beating its own benchmark values. Marking the success of the final tuning measures, the super sports car from Stuttgart is now clearly the fastest ever road-going Porsche. With the weight-optimised 'Weissach' package fitted, the 918 Spyder accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.6 seconds (-0.2 seconds quicker than previously), from zero to 200 km/h in 7.2 seconds (-0.5 seconds), and passes the 300 km/h mark after 19.9 seconds (-2.1 seconds).

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Senior Vice President 918 Spyder programme, highlights the significance of these results: "We have now used all options available to electrify the 918 Spyder, working right up to the last minute to do so."

The enhancements also bring benefits in terms of the electrical performance delivered by the hybrid super sports car. The two electric motors on the front and rear axle allow the 918 Spyder to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds, without producing any emissions. Such a performance marks a reduction of seven tenths of a second versus the previous time. With the Weissach package fitted, this electric sprinting time is reduced to 6.1 seconds.

The 918 Spyder complete with Weissach package currently holds the lap record for road vehicles on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a time of 6:57 minutes. At the same time, as a vehicle delivering particularly low consumption and emission figures, the model is certified to efficiency class A+.

With the Weissach package fitted, the total NEDC fuel consumption of the 918 Spyder amounts to 3.0 l/100 km – 3.1 l/100 km without the Weissach package. That equates to CO2 emissions of 70 g/km (72 g/km without the Weissach package). The level of energy consumption was determined to be 12.7 kWh/100 km during the approval cycle.

²KirkP - thanks for the video link, think I've seen that before, but it's very hard to glean much from it. I was hoping there was a table like the ones posted bu JoeFee and Brian thay would break-down the 0 - 30.

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