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Model S Plaid vs C8 Corvette with Z51 Package

Now if this was even a fair battle is debatable. However, there is a twist in the mix. Read on to find out what it is

Accler8, recently pitted a Tesla Model S Plaid against a C8 Corvette. Yes, yes, the Plaid has been mega at the drag strip ever since it went on sale earlier this year. So, with less than 500 horses in the C8 to 1000 in the Plaid, was this even fair? Well, there’s a twist to this one. Let’s see how this pans out.

Model S Plaid vs C8 Corvette with Z51 Package
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Tesla Model S Plaid

Model S Plaid vs C8 Corvette with Z51 Package
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In the black corner, you’ve got the Model S Plaid that famously produces1021 hp and 1051 lb-ft of torque from its tri-motor setup. The Plaid weighs a hefty 4766 lbs.

In the black corner, we have a stock 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid, sitting on standard 19” wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires. Now, considering the ambient temperature was 10 c (50 F), these tires weren’t ideal on such a cold day. Anyway, moving on, as you already know by now, the Plaid famously packs 1021 horsepower and produces 1050 pound-feet of torque, from its tri-motor AWD setup.

You’ve got a bunch of modes to choose from and Mike from Accler8 has set this one into drag strip mode, which requires about 15 minutes to prep the car prior to launch.

C8 Chevy Corvette Stingray with Z51 Package

Model S Plaid vs C8 Corvette with Z51 Package
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The Stingray meanwhile, this one with the optional Z51 package is rocking a naturally aspirated 6.2 liter V-8, that puts out 495 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. The C8 tips the scales at 3534 lbs

Meanwhile, in the white corner, we have Morgan Crosbie’s C8 Stingray, that’s sitting on all-season tires. Under the hood lies a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.

This example is even rocking the optional Z51 package (that’ll cost you around five more grand) which adds more aggressive performance and aero bits like a rear wing and a front splitter, better cooling, performance brakes, a performance exhaust, and a limited-slip differential. The C8 of course is mid-engined, which should help with traction as it sends power to the rear wheels.

Round 1

Model S Plaid vs C8 Corvette with Z51 Package
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ANd the Plaid did ist usual thing

With the batteries warmed up, Mike was ready in the Plaid. The hammer drops and they’re off. Mike had anticipated that the Tesla would struggle for traction, however, that wasn’t the case. Instead, it did its usual thing and was off leaving the Corvette behind.

The Plaid took the win by a big margin, however, when it came to getting the thing to slow down, now that was scary. Weighing in at 4766 pounds, the Plaid deserves some performance brakes. This C8 weighs 3534 pounds and does some with performance brakes, thanks to the Z51 package.

Round 2

Model S Plaid vs C8 Corvette with Z51 Package
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Not quite, and the C8 just about managed to hold off the Plaid, but not by much

Now for the second pass, Mike and Morgan decide to give the C8, a two-second head start, to see if that makes a difference. They line up once more for launch. The Stingray is off first and two seconds later, mike sets off in hot pursuit in the Plaid. However, the C8s pace was great and although the Tesla was beginning to reel in the Vette, there just wasn’t enough space and the Chevy took this round.

Again, getting the C8 to slow down was no problem, but Tesla struggled once again to come to a halt. Thankfully Mike managed to get things under control and the pair turn around for one final pass.

Round 3

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Taking the first round by quite some margin

For the third round, the Plaid takes a step back and switched it down to Sport mode to see what kind of power it offers. They line up one last time and before you know it, they’re off. For brief moments, the two cars are neck and neck, before once again, the Plaid begins to pull on the C8, going on to take round three. Even the Sport mode on the Plaid is pretty potent.


Model S Plaid vs C8 Corvette with Z51 Package
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So, was this a fair battle? You be the judge. Now the Tesla is cool and everything, but common, you’ve can’t dismiss the C8, especially for the kind of performance it offers for the money. I can’t wait to watch the Plaid take on the C8 Z06 on a hot summer day. Watch this space.

You can watch the race in the video below

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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