The Tesla Model S P100D, with 760 horsepower and all-wheel-drive, jumped from a dead stop to 60 miles an hour in 2.28 seconds in a test by Motor Trend. It’s the first car to ever do that in under 2.3 seconds in the magazine’s testing. With this sort of power, merging into the traffic on the highway is less of an issue than trying not to rear-end anyone while you’re doing it.
Motor Trend ran its test using the car’s “Ludicrous Easter Egg” mode, which provides even more acceleration than “regular” Ludicrous mode. In this mode, the car’s battery temperature is raised slightly and the air conditioning is used to cool the motors. Once everything is ready, the driver uses a special “launch control” sequence of brake and accelerator pedal pushes to initiate the crushing ground-level blast-off.
The Tesla’s 0-60 blast is a fairly limited trick, though. Its acceleration tapers off past 60. Other cars — like the Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche — can hit 70 and 80 miles an hour faster than the Tesla.
The Tesla would also lose to those cars at the drag strip. The Model S can run a quarter mile in 10.5 seconds reaching 125 miles an hour by the end, Markus said. But the Ferrari LaFerrari is still the fastest quarter-mile car the magazine has ever tested, making the run in 9.7 seconds and reaching 148.5 miles an hour.