A Tesla Model 3 was recently involved in a four-way battle that featured two premium electric vehicles and one of the most interesting sports cars to come out of Japan in years — the Toyota Supra. Through a drag race, a rolling race, and a braking test, the Model 3 proved that it takes far more than a bigger battery pack and a lighter overall weight to take down a four-door family sedan from Silicon Valley.
The four-way battle was conducted by UK-based auto group carwow, which previously listed the Model 3 as the best EV buyers can purchase today due to its tech, quality, and driving dynamics. As noted by carwow host Mat Watson, each vehicle in the test brings something interesting to the table.
The Jaguar I-PACE EV400, a premium crossover SUV, is a very quick vehicle, with a 90 kWh battery pack, 400 hp, 700 Nm of torque, and dual motor AWD. For its size, the Jaguar I-PACE is quite heavy at around 2.2 tons (4,400 lbs). The Audi e-tron 55 is the largest car of the bunch, with its 95 kWh battery, 406 hp, 664 Nm of torque, dual motors AWD, and a weight of about 2.5 tons (5,000 lbs).
In comparison, the Tesla Model 3 Performance is equipped with a 75 kWh battery pack, 450 hp, 640 Nm of torque, dual-motor AWD, and a pretty balanced weight of about 1.8 tons (3,600 lbs). The Toyota Supra, the only vehicle in the group equipped with an internal combustion engine, is fitted with 3.0-liter straight-six turbo from BMW with 340 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Unlike its electric challengers, the Supra is Rear-Wheel Drive. It’s also the lightest at just around 1,560 kg (3,400 lbs).
The four vehicles were subjected to three tests: a classic quarter-mile drag race, a rolling race from 50 mph, and a brake test from 70 mph. The results of the quarter-mile race proved favorable to the Model 3 Performance, as the vehicle was able to cross the finish line in 11.8 seconds. The Tesla was followed by the Jaguar I-PACE, which finished the quarter-mile in 12.6 seconds; the Toyota Supra, which completed the race in 12.8 seconds; and finally, the Audi e-tron, which took 13.5 seconds to finish the run.
The Tesla Model 3 almost seemed a class above its competitors in the 50 mph rolling race. The Model 3 Performance simply pulled ahead, followed by the Jaguar I-PACE. Unfortunately for the Jaguar, the Supra eventually caught it at 128mph, though the Japanese sports car still couldn’t catch the Tesla. Similar to the previous race, the Audi e-tron came last.
Perhaps most surprising were the results of the braking test. Despite being the lightest car in the group, the Toyota Supra only came second to the Tesla Model 3 Performance. Quite surprisingly, the Audi e-tron performed very well in the braking test despite its heft, beating the lighter Jaguar I-PACE and stopping only a few feet beyond the Supra.
What’s impressive about the results of carwow‘s test is that the Tesla Model 3 Performance is actually the most affordable car of the bunch at just around GBP 50,000 ($61,400 in the UK). For comparison, the Toyota Supra is sold in the UK at around GBP 52,000 ($65,000), the Jaguar I-PACE is priced at around GBP 64,000 ($78,600), and the Audi e-tron is priced at a premium GBP 70,000 ($85,900).
Watch carwow‘s four-way battle featuring the Tesla Model 3, the Toyota Supra, the Jaguar I-PACE, and the Audi e-tron in the video below.