The Model S Plaid Once Again Proves That You Don’t Need A Zillion Dollar Hypercar To Do Breakneck Speed - story fullscreen Fullscreen

The Model S Plaid Once Again Proves That You Don’t Need A Zillion Dollar Hypercar To Do Breakneck Speed

In this latest showdown, Tesla’s family sedan takes on Porsche flagship 918 that is about 1000 lbs lighter

We really do live in some strange times. I mean who would have thought about a decade ago that a family sedan could give zillion-dollar hypercars a run for their money. Back then most people would associate an EV with milk floats or those buggies or golf carts you see at a fancy resort. The Tesla Model S Plaid is a far cry from those days and Tesla is responsible for initiating a paradigm shift in the auto industry.

The Model S Plaid Once Again Proves That You Don't Need A Zillion Dollar Hypercar To Do Breakneck Speed
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Those days when we use to think of EV’s as milk floats or golf carts are long gone. Today, cars like the Tesla Model S can easily give most million-dollar hypercars a run for their money

Now the Plaid has been annihilating cars at the drag strip ever since it hit the road back in June and there are dedicated channels that do just that. Plaid vs the competition. Today’s showdown initially had two of the holy trinity supercars planned to go up against the Plaid. However, as the runway where the race was set to take place wasn’t in it its best shape, the La Ferrari bailed out due to fear of a chipped windshield. So it was going to be the Plaid vs the 918 Spyder.

Tesla Plaid

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In today’s showdown, the Plaid takes on Porsche flagship 918. The Plaid famously produces 1020 hp and 1050 lb-ft of torque from its trim motor setup. It tips the scales 4766 lbs

Now you probably are already well acquainted with the numbers on the Tesla, but I’ll run them by you anyway. 1020 horsepower and 1050 pound-feet of torque from its trimotor setup. Tesla’s flagship sedan tips the scales at 4766 pounds and can hit 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and is capable of a sub-10-second ¼ time.

Porsche 918 Spyder

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Porsche’s flagship hypercar meanwhile features a 4.6 L hybrid engine that produces 887 hp and 639 lb-ft of torque. It is considerably lighter than the Tesla coming in at 3715 lbs

Now the Porsche 918 was designed to be the German marques flagship hypercar. Now the Porsche has a 4.6 Liter V-8 engine that produces 887 horsepower and 639 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all four corners via Porsche’s legendary 7-Speed PDK automated manual transmission. The 918 features a hybrid powertrain with two electric motors, one on each axle and it weighs 3715 pounds. 0-60 mph is done away within 2.8 seconds and it has a top speed of 211 mph.

Round 1

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With that the pair line up for round one. We can’t be sure if the Plaid was set to its most aggressive drag strip mode

Round one was simple. A ¼ mile drag race. Now, the presenters didn’t explicitly mention if the Tesla was set to Plaid. Regardless, both the Plaid and the 918 Spyder line up for launch. In Three, Two, One and they’re off. The Tesla pulls away into oblivion like nobody’s business in the least dramatic fashion and it kept on pulling on the Porsche all the way to the ¼ mile. The Porsche just didn’t have the legs to catch up with the Tesla on this pass, handing over the win to the Plaid.

Round 2

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The Plaid humbles the 918 in the most undramatic fashion, taking round one

They decide to do a rematch to see if the 918 can redeem itself. This time around, the Porsche is set to its most aggressive setting in manual mode. Will that make a difference? Well off the line, the results were pretty much the same as before, the Plaid got a giant lead on the 918, however, it topped out at 164 mph. They decided to go past the ¼ this time round and the Porsche just about managed to get past the Tesla at 185 mph, right about the ½ mile marker.

Conclusion

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So, what we learned from this duel is that the Porsche struggles to put its power down when compared to the Tesla and by the time it gets going the Plaid is gone, give it enough room though and it should be able to gain back some ground. In the looks department, the 918 is the winner hands down, however for outright off-the-line acceleration, the Tesla is king.

Now if this is what Tesla’s family sedan can do, I wonder what the future Tesla Roadster has in store. The competition really ought to step it up. The folks from Zufffenhausen should really make something of the stunning Porsche 919. Could it be a successor to the 918? Well, I hope so.

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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