Tesla P90D Faster Than Lamborghini, Bugatti: Motor Trend

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A Tesla all-wheel drive P90D took just 2.6 seconds to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour claims Motor Trend. It takes eight seconds for the average family sedan to hit that speed.

Tesla ahead of majors

Motor Trend said that the Lamborghini Aventador priced at $400,000 and Bugatti Veyron priced at $2 million are two-seat high-performance cars, but both take longer than Tesla P90D to reach highway speeds. Very few cars exist today that are faster than the new Tesla supercar

The Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder are two cars that are quicker than P90D. But both these plug-in hybrid cars are priced many times higher than the Tesla car. Starting price of Tesla Model S P90D with the new Ludicrous Mode is $120,000.

The fast acceleration of Tesla Model S P90D seems almost unreal. Motor Trend’s Road test editor, Chris Walton, said, “For the first few seconds, you’re accelerating faster than free-fall so it’s literally like being on an amusement park ride.” Walton added that the Model S does not make any noise while accelerating, unlike other cars, and this makes the entire experience weirder.

What makes P90D fast?

Tesla P90D has two electric motors of which one drives the front wheel while the other drives the back ones. Jointly, both have the capability of producing up to 762 horsepower. Electric motors produce full pulling power at all speeds, whereas gasoline engines have certain speed ranges when which they pull best, and this is the reason they come with gears, notes a report from CNN.

There are a number of cars that can beat a P90D on a race course, for instance, specially-designed sports cars, mainly due to faster cornering and higher top speeds. Motor Trend also tested other Model S sedans that lost steam once their batteries got heated as a consequence of repeated high-performance runs, said associate editor Christian Seabaugh.

Tesla’s new Model X SUV also comes with the Ludicrous Mode. Tesla informed that its next-generation Roadster sports car, due in next four years, will come with a mode called ‘Maximum Plaid,’ which should be faster even than the ‘Ludicrous Mode.’ The company took this name from one of the scenes in Mel Brooks’ 1987 Star Wars parody film Spaceballs, says CNN.

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21 Comments on "Tesla P90D Faster Than Lamborghini, Bugatti: Motor Trend"

  1. Stupid question I guess… How much stress are all the moving parts, and the frame and body, put under to rocket a car that weighs that much to 60 MPH is 2.6 seconds. My basic understanding of stress-loads would suggest that they are huge. And the drivers would be risking catastrophic failures every time they try it…

  2. WiseFundManager | Oct 31, 2015, 2:52 pm at 2:52 pm |

    I don’t care how fast it can go, how about making it look less than a freaking SEDAN?

  3. What? You want I live in the real world? Pff… forget it!

  4. Pff… with that logic let’s see you cross the river, hmm? My Land Rover with snorkel will let me cross it underwater while you suckers are stuck floating to the ocean.

  5. There’s is only one wheel in the front. That’s just crazy.

  6. Yep…they take longer to reach highway speeds but will soon overtake it as the P90D can’t shift gears and starts losing steam 80-100mph. Of course, because of the full instant AWD torque at 0RPM, its 0-10mph and 0-30mph is tremendous and covers a good deal more distance during that run to 60mph, so it is still ahead of other cars even if the other’s 0-60 time is equal or a little faster.

  7. Contractor: “Older Ferrari F430? Let’s see how much lumber this hauls….I bet my Ford F-350 Superduty carries 20x as much and gets a whole lot better gas mileage while doing it.” TESLAS ARE NOT RACECARS

  8. Funny. I see more videos of Teslas racing than I do of toyota camrys. And a pickup truck would smoke a toyota camry on an offroad course. Big whoop.

  9. ?TESLA?

    USA = #1 Innovators

    World = #1 Imitators

  10. It’s quicker to 60 mph for sure. But not faster by any stretch of the imagination.

  11. A toyota camry would smoke a Tesla at Nurburgreing. Yes the Tesla is insanely fast in a short straight line, but that is about it. It’s a one trick pony as far as being a performance car.

  12. I made a P90D LUDICROUS MODE VIDEO.

    Look on Youtube: “Bigtruckseriesreview LUDICROUS MODE”

    I drove Aventadors in Dubai. I’m not surprised by this at all. The P90D can beat 10.9 second 1/4th mile runs.

  13. I’D LIKE TO SEE HOW LONG A TESLA P90D WOULD STAND UP TO A VEYRON OR AVENTADOR IN A PROLONGED FORM OF AUTOMOTIVE COMPETION LIKE A RUN ON A ROAD COURSE!!! YOU’D BE LUCKY TO GET A FEW LAPS OUT OF IT!!!!

  14. TheRealCriticalThinker | Oct 30, 2015, 6:35 pm at 6:35 pm |

    Who cares about Nurburgring? The Model S is a better car all around in the REAL WORLD than those supercars.

  15. duh

  16. who cares could you actually afford it than stop fantazing about it

  17. Um…no.

  18. Yes…because I drive that course every day….NOT! Good grief dude. I prefer to have a car that performs well in the scenario that almost every person on the planet would be in 99% of the time….not the handful that run the race course.

    An off road pickup truck would perform better than the Ferrari on a dirt track. Big whoop.

    As far as sound, I prefer less sound.

  19. the professor of common sense | Oct 30, 2015, 4:35 pm at 4:35 pm |

    Performance is more than just 0-60. Lets see how this performs on the Nürburgring ring. I bet an older Ferrari F430 beats it and it sounds a whole lot better while doing it.

  20. Is toyota prius faster than tesla p90d?

  21. “The Ferrari LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder are two cars that are quicker than P90D. But both these plug-in hybrid cars are priced many times higher than the Tesla car.”

    “Motor Trend said that the Lamborghini Aventador priced at $400,000 and Bugatti Veyron priced at $2 million are two-seat high-performance cars, but both take longer than Tesla P90D to reach highway speeds.”

    derp

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