A real world test of how two of the most extreme Teslas differ for outright speedby Khris Bharath, on
Now for this one, you don’t have to be a nerd to figure out that the Model S Plaid has an edge here. That is a fact. Not only is the sedan lighter than the Model X Plaid, but it is also far more aerodynamic. We need no CD values to confirm that. Just looking at the two vehicles is sufficient.
With that out of the way, I’m sure that some of you out there might still want to know just how much faster is the sedan over the SUV in the real world. Well, YouTuber, Parker Nirenstein of Vehicle Virgins has you covered, as he recently got the chance to pit the two Plaids against each other. Let’s look at some numbers.
Tesla Model X Plaid vs Tesla Model S Plaid
A Plaid version of the Model X was bound to become a reality at some point. Well, here we are, fresh off the line for 2022. Now, unlike the Model S Plaid, Tesla didn’t really shout about the arrival of its latest vehicle to receive the full Plaid treatment. There’s not much to differentiate the Plaid from the outgoing model, barring a few subtle tweaks on the bodywork, that Yoke. and a new infotainment screen.
Otherwise, it’s business as usual with the gull-wing doors and any Model X owner would feel right at home. Having said that, things have changed significantly under the skin, with the biggest one being the Model X now borrowing the Model S Plaid’s powertrain.
It features the same tri-motor, with an all-wheel-drive setup that produces 1020 horsepower and 1050 pound-feet of torque. The SUV is about 700 pounds heavier than the sedan, tipping the scales at 5,594 pounds.
Now Tesla claims a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds. But, Parker was able to clock an even faster time of 2.3 seconds. While these performance numbers are pretty phenomenal, especially for what essentially is a family hauler, how does it stack up against the Model S Plaid in real life?
Well, long story short, after three standing starts and two roll races, it’s no surprise that the sedan came out on top, but not by much. You can watch the video for yourself to see how close the two Plaids run.
To Sum It Up
As Parker himself put it, you don’t really need 1000 horsepower machines to take you and the dog to the shops. But, electric motors do make those kinds of biblical numbers accessible to a larger audience and frankly, these two vehicles will give Zillion dollar supercars and hypercars a run for their money.