Tesla Model S P100D battles Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS in intense drag race

(Credit: Talking Torque/YouTube)

A Tesla Model S P100D with Ludicrous Mode recently showcased its power against a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS in a quick, quarter-mile drag race. In just over 10 seconds, the P100D showed once more how a well-designed, four-door electric family sedan could topple even a thoroughbred, two-door sports car from one of the world’s most established auto manufacturers.

The two vehicles could not be more different on paper. The Tesla Model S P100D is all-electric, equipped with dual motors and a 100 kWh battery that allows the car to launch from 0-60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds. With its Ludicrous Mode upgrade, the Model S P100D could perform a 0-60 mph sprint in as little as 2.28 seconds. That’s acceleration on the supercar level.

The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, on the other hand, is among the finest iterations of the German-based carmaker’s iconic 911 series. The Carrera 4 GTS is equipped with a twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve flat-6 that produces 450 hp at 6500 rpm, which propels the beast of a sports car from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The vehicle also has a top speed of 192 mph, higher than the Model S P100D’s top speed of 155 mph. In Car and Driver‘s review of the vehicle, the publication noted that the Carrera 4 GTS was the “911 to have if you’ll only ever have one.”

Auto-themed YouTube channel Talking Torque filmed the race between the electric family sedan and the two-door sports car, and as the group noted, the battle proved to be very close. Both vehicles got off the line quickly, with the Tesla establishing an early lead over the Porsche. Midway through the race, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS started catching up, but it ultimately fell a little bit short, crossing the quarter-mile mark in 11.0 seconds at 123.65 mph, just a bit later than the Model S P100D’s 10.8 seconds at 124.90 mph.

The Model S P100D is arguably Tesla’s most aggressive vehicle in its existing lineup today. While the Model 3 Performance is incredibly capable on a closed circuit with its Track Mode, the Tesla Model S P100D and its Ludicrous Mode remains unchallenged in terms of pure straight-line performance. Until the arrival of the next-generation Tesla Roadster, the Model S P100D would likely remain the electric car maker’s resident gasoline car slayer.

Watch the Tesla Model S P100D race the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS in the video below.


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