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The Mercedes S-Class Takes The Tesla Model S For Granted And Regrets Almost Immediately

Even in the non-Plaid form, the Tesla Model S is an absolute beast on the drag strip

The Tesla Model S Plaid has been in the news ever since it came to life. It is undoubtedly the king of drag strips and has proven its might enough number of times in the past. Whether it’s the McLaren 765 LT, the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, the Nissan GT-R, the Dodge Demon, or heck, even a 1,200-horsepower Mustang GT500; the Plaid has obliterated all of them.

But, in the midst of all this, we’ve forgotten what a beast the standard Tesla Model S is. But, the folks at Carwow have reminded us of the EV’s prowess on the drag strip by pitting it against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500.

The Model S Is Superior Even On Paper

The Mercedes S-Class Takes The Tesla Model S For Granted And Regrets Almost Immediately
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The Mercedes S-Class comes with a 3.0-liter, straight-six turbocharged engine that makes 435 HP and 384 lb-ft of twist
The Mercedes S-Class S500 LWB is powered by a 3.0-liter, straight-six turbocharged engine that makes 435 horses and 384 pound-feet of twist.

All four wheels are powered via a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

The Mercedes S-Class Takes The Tesla Model S For Granted And Regrets Almost Immediately
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The Tesla Model S 100D comes with a dual-motor setup, that makes 600 ponies and sends power to all four wheels via its single-speed gearbox
The Tesla Model S 100D comes with a dual-motor setup, which means all wheels are powered here as well.

It puts out 600 ponies and comes with a single-speed gearbox.

The S-Class weighs 4,553 pounds, around 500 pounds lighter than the Model S which weighs 5,049 pounds.

The Mercedes S-Class Takes The Tesla Model S For Granted And Regrets Almost Immediately
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In the first standing drag race, the Model S won comfortably. It took 12.2 seconds to complete the race, whereas the S-Class took 13.6 seconds

In the first race, the S-Class seemed to have gotten a decent start, but it was soon shown its place by the Model S. Mind you, this isn’t even the Plaid version. The Tesla overtook the Mercedes like it was standing still. In the end, the Mercedes finished the quarter-mile race in 13.6 seconds, over a second slower than the Tesla which took 12.2 seconds.

The Mercedes S-Class Takes The Tesla Model S For Granted And Regrets Almost Immediately
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The rolling races from 30 mph and 80 mph didn’t do the Mercedes any favor. The Model S won these races also with utmost ease

Next up was the rolling race from 30 mph. The S-Class was again humiliated as the Model S left it in the dust. The result was no different when they started from 80 mph in the next rolling race. To be honest, the German was gaining speeds at a pretty good rate for a luxurious family sedan. But, the instantaneous torque and a whole lot of extra horses did the trick for the Tesla.

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The final round was the brake test from 70 mph, and this was the only test that the Mercedes could win

The final round was the brake test from 70 mph, and this was the only test that the Mercedes could win.

Watch the video below and share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

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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