While electric vehicles are getting a lot of mixed attention recently, especially around their range, price and business model, one thing that doesn’t seem to get a lot of focus is their performance, especially speed. Yes, in the Model S you can only go about 300 miles before you need to recharge, but how does it do off the line?
Take a look at the following video of a Tesla Model S ( $97K for Signature Performance Edition) racing against a BMW M5 (starts at $91K). You’ll notice off the line the M5 wavers a little bit, while the Model S really grips the road.
At the end of the day the instant torque provided by the electric motor seems to give Tesla the edge in this match up.
If you want to learn more about the mechanics behind the Model S check out this video from Car and Driver:
While this video gives a good overview of the M5: