The Tesla Model X P100D has set a new record for quickest production SUV in the world after sprinting through a 1/4 mile pass in 11.281 seconds at 118.37 mph. The new performance number breaks a previously set record by Tesla’s all-electric, dual motor SUV that makes 920 ft-lbs of torque at 0 RPMs when it defeated a rare $530,000 supercar in a heads up drag race.
DragTimes took a Model X P100D to Florida’s Palm Beach International Raceway to do battle with a Jeep ‘Trackhawk’ that puts down 707 HP from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 Hellcat motor. Both vehicles stack up relatively well in terms of weight, with the high-tech, all-electric Tesla tipping the scales at 5,700 pounds and Jeep’s latest Frankenstein-of-a-Cherokee not much lighter at a hefty 5,500 pounds.
Though it doesn’t come as that much of a surprise, the Model X P100D lays the smackdown on the supercharged Jeep in their heads up drag race. Despite the Trackhawk having more horsepower, the instant acceleration that comes by way of Tesla’s individually controlled electric motors and all-wheel drive system makes it virtually unbeatable when it comes to a short distance race from a standstill.
With limited top end power and no transmission, Tesla’s instantaneous acceleration eventually gives way to higher horsepower vehicles that can change gears. That is, of course, until 2020 when Tesla’s highly anticipated, tri-electric motor Roadster takes the stage to lay the smackdown on internal combustion performance cars once and for all.
“The point of doing this [Roadster] is to give a hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars” – Elon Musk
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