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A Tesla Model S Plaid Spanks the Nissan GT-R In This 1/4-Mile Drag Race

The Model S Plaid has destroyed the Nissan GT-R in ways you can’t imagine

The Tesla Model S Plaid was launched earlier this month, and it was only a matter of time before we saw it on the drag strip. A YouTube channel with the handle ‘ICSI’ shared the video of a Tesla Model S Plaid going up against the Nissan GT-R in a quarter-mile race. While a formidable competitor to start with, the Model S Plaid made short work of the Godzilla. If you’re a GT-R fan, we warn you to proceed ahead at your own risk!

The Model S Plaid Beat The GT-R By A Full Second

A Tesla Model S Plaid Spanks the Nissan GT-R In This 1/4-Mile Drag Race
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A YouTube channel known as ‘ICSI’ shared a video of a Tesla Model S Plaid going up against the Nissan GT-R in a quarter-mile race

The Nissan GT-R was quicker to start of the line here, but it didn’t take long for the Model S Plaid to start creating a separation with its rival. The sprint to quarter-mile was completed in 9.71 seconds by the Model S Plaid at a trap speed of 148.34 mph. The Nissan GT-R, on the other hand, took 10.799 seconds to finish the race at 132 mph. To win by more than a second on a drag strip against an icon like the Nissan GT-R is commendable.

The Model S Plaid comes with three motors that put out 1,020 horses combined. The 2021 GT-R, just for reference, is powered by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-6 engine that makes 565 horses and 467 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all the wheels via a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

What’s The Model S Plaid All About?

Tesla Model S Plaid Breaks Cover With 1,000 Horses and a $130,000 Price-Tag
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Tesla launched the Model S Plaid earlier this month, which was essentially an event to mark the first customer deliveries of the high-performance car. In a nutshell, this is what makes the Model S Plaid so special:

  • Based on the Model S
  • Tri-motor setup
  • 1,020 horses combined
  • 0-60 mph in 1.99 seconds under ideal conditions
  • Quarter-mile run in 9.23 seconds with a trap speed of 155 mph in ideal conditions
  • Top speed of 200 mph
  • World’s most aero-efficient car - Drag coefficient of 0.208
  • Estimated range of 390 miles
  • Supports fast charging up to 250 kW and can add 187 miles of range in 15 minutes
  • F1-inspired, yoke steering wheel
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 17-inch touchscreen system
  • Screen for rear passengers that offers PS5-level performance
  • Priced at $129,990

Watch the video of the Tesla Model S Plaid obliterating the Nissan GT-R below and share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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