A Tesla Model S P100D recently went head-to-head against a Dodge Challenger SRT 392 in the quarter mile. As could be seen in the quick battle between a silent electric killer and the loud muscle car, which was uploaded on YouTube’s Wheels channel, it takes way more than a bad launch to overcome a Tesla.
The Model S P100D and the Challenger SRT 392 could not be any more different. The Challenger SRT 392 is considered as the Demon’s little brother, with its 392 cubic-inch, 6.4-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine making 485 hp and 470 ft-lbs of torque. The Detroit-made modern muscle car’s engine is pretty much identical to the 6.4-liter motor that Dodge utilized for the R/T Scat Pack model, considering that the two engines feature identical power outputs. The Dodge Challenger SRT 392 is available with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. A true muscle car in every sense of the word, the SRT 392 is no joke on the track.
The Tesla Model S P100D, on the other hand, is the complete antithesis of the Challenger SRT 392. Unlike Dodge’s muscle car, the P100D is a luxury family sedan that just happens to be ludicrously fast (pun intended). The Model S P100D is equipped with two electric motors, with the front unit making 259 horsepower and the rear motor making 503 horsepower. These motors are capable of producing 920 ft-lbs of torque instantly. With Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode upgrade, the Model S P100D is capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in just 2.3 seconds. While the Dodge Challenger SRT 392 has a top speed of 182 mph, however, the Tesla Model S P100D is software-limited to only 155 mph.
As could be seen in the video of the two vehicles’ race, the Model S P100D actually had a bad launch. The Dodge Challenger SRT 392 was briefly able to beat the electric car off the line, but as soon as the P100D took off, it was only a matter of time before the family sedan was able to overtake the muscle car. The Model S P100D continued pulling for the duration of the race, finishing the quarter-mile run in 10.96 seconds. Unfortunately for the Dodge Challenger SRT 392, it appeared to have experienced a misfire during the middle of the run, causing the muscle car to finish the race in 14.29 seconds.
The Tesla Model S P100D has faced numerous vehicles on the track, and it has beaten most of them. Earlier this year, YouTube’s DragTimes took his Model S P100D to a series of battles against the Dodge Demon, a car that seemed to be built to take down the electric car. The two vehicles battled in multiple races, and the P100D came out on top for the majority of the bouts.
As noted by Elon Musk, Tesla does not make slow vehicles. Just like the Model S, the Tesla Model X, the company’s luxury sedan, is also a formidable force on the drag strip. The Model 3, the company’s most affordable vehicle to date, is also steadily gaining a reputation on the track, recently winning 1st place in the 2018 Canadian Sport Compact Series Time Attack event.
Watch the Tesla Model S P100D battle the Dodge Challenger SRT 392 in the video below.