This is an epic showdown between two electric motors and a 12-cylinder one

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Tesla has taken down cars from many high-end brands, but there aren’t too many instances where it has gone up against Aston Martin. Courtesy of AutoTrader, we have a face-off between the two companies. Representing Tesla is the Model S Performance, and from Aston Martin’s corner, we have the DBS Superleggera Volante. The latter is in the same league as the McLaren 720S and Ferrari 488, so this will make for an interesting battle.

Can The Tesla Model S Really Take Down the Aston Martin DBS In A Drag Race?
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The Tesla Model S Performance comes with two electric motors, one on each axle, which make 835 horses and 841 pound-feet of torque combined when unleashed with the Launch Control. It comes with the Cheetah stance, something that makes quite a difference in such events, and allows the car to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 2.3 seconds. The top speed is rated at 163 mph. It weighs around 4,950 pounds.

Can The Tesla Model S Really Take Down the Aston Martin DBS In A Drag Race?
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Coming to the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante, it features a 5.2-liter, twin-turbo V-12 engine under the hood that churns out 715 ponies and 664 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and it doesn’t come with a Launch Control. The 0-60 mph time is rated at 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 211 mph. ‘Superleggera’ translates to ‘super-light’, which this car is when compared to the Model S Performance. It weighs around 3,750 pounds, making it roughly 1,200 pounds lighter.

Can The Tesla Model S Really Take Down the Aston Martin DBS In A Drag Race?
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The cars go through three tests – a traditional quarter-mile drag race, a rolling race, and a 0-100-0 mph test. We won’t spoil it by announcing the results, so check out the video and let us know in the comments section below if your predictions came true or not.

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. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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